The Phillies (30-36) once again found out what a good lineup can do for you, as tonight reigning AL MVP Josh Donaldson and the Blue Jays (37-31) powered past the Phillies to win 7-2. Cody Asche’s big night was overshadowed by the 9 hits put up by the Blue Jays. Maikel Franco, who had not played since Sunday, appeared as a pinch hitter in the 9th inning, giving Phillies fans some relief as their was some concern he might miss extended time with a knee injury. Manager Pete Mackanin said after the game that he plans to start Franco at third base tomorrow, so everything appears to be good with the young slugger.
Asche, who went 3 for 4 with a home run, 2 doubles, and 2 RBIs, provided half of the hits recorded by the Phillies’ team tonight. Cesar Hernandez, Andres Blanco, and Jimmy Paredes provided the other hits tonight for the Phillies. Asche’s big night was not enough for the Phillies as the Blue Jays’ lineup flexed its muscles and put up 7 more runs against Phillies pitching. Donaldson and Edwin Encarnacion each hit a solo home run, their 16th and 17th homers on the year, respectively. Ryan Goins and Devon Travis joined Donaldson as the Toronto players to record multiple hits in tonight’s ballgame. Goins and Travis both drove in 2 runs each tonight and provided the pop needed from the bottom of the Toronto order.
Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson didn’t have his best outing of the year tonight, but he certainly didn’t have his worst outing of the year either. Hellickson gave up 4 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks, but did manage to work through 6 innings. Hellickson did suffer the loss however, dropping him to 4-5 on the year with an ERA of 4.46. Hector Neris struggled through his 2/3 innings pitched tonight, allowing 3 runs on 2 hits and a walk. Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada continued his impressive season, going 6 and 2/3 innings and allowing 2 runs on 4 hits and a walk while striking out 5 batters. Estrada improves to 5-2 on the year with tonight’s win and his ERA is now 2.58.
The Phillies and Blue Jays will be back at it again tomorrow night at Citizens Bank Park for the final game of this four game home and home series. The Phillies best and most consistent starter, Aaron Nola (5-5, 2.98 ERA), will look to get back over .500 and help the Phillies earn the series split against the Blue Jays and ex-Phillies J.A. Happ (7-3, 3.70 ERA).
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