Zach Eflin’s MLB debut didn’t go as he had hoped. Eflin didn’t make it through 3 innings of today’s game and when he exited, the Phillies (30-35) were in a 9-0 hole that even the ’08 team couldn’t come out from. Although the Phillies would go on to score a few runs late in this one, the story of the game was the Blue Jays (36-31) offense, which exploded for 11 runs this afternoon en route to an 11-3 victory.
The Phillies offense did manage to record 7 hits in today’s ballgame, but those 7 hits only turned into 3 runs that came far too late in a lopsided game. Two Phillies, Jimmy Paredes (who came in for Odubel Herrera) and Peter Bourjos, were able to record multiple hits in today’s game. Paredes doubled home Bourjos in the 6th inning to put the Phillies on the board. Cesar Hernandez hit his second home run of the season with a solo home run in the 7th inning this afternoon. Andres Blanco chipped in a sacrifice fly in the top of the 9th to cap off the scoring for the Phillies. The big inning for the Blue Jays offense came in the bottom of the 3rd inning. The Blue Jay already entered the inning up 3-0, but a two run home run by Ezequiel Carrera and a grand slam by Josh Donaldson made it a 9-0 game and spelled the end for Eflin. Donaldson was the standout hitter in today’s game as he went 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored and 5 runs driven in.
Eflin’s debut is obviously one he is going to want to forget, as he earned the loss today, allowing 9 runs (8 earned) on 9 hits and 3 walks in 2 and 2/3 innings pitched. Brett Oberholtzer provided several more solid innings of relief as the long reliever in the Phillies bullpen. Oberholtzer pitched 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, allowing only 3 hits and a walk. Colton Murray and Elvis Araujo also appeared out of the bullpen today for the Phillies. Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman earned the win in today’s ballgame, improving to 6-2 on the year with an ERA of 4.76. Stroman allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and a walk in 7 innings pitched.
The Phillies and Blue Jays split the first two games of this series in Toronto, and will now head back to Philadelphia for the remaining two games of this home and home series. Jeremy Hellickson (4-4, 4.34 ERA) is scheduled to pitch tomorrow for the Phils against Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada (4-2, 2.57 ERA). Hellickson will look to quiet the Jays’ bats after today’s offensive explosion and help the Phillies take the first of two games against the Blue Jays in their home ballpark.
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