The ball has been flying out of Citizens Bank Park the last two nights, but unfortunately the majority of those home runs have come off the bats of the Blue Jays. The Blue Jays (37-31) have hit 7 home runs over the last two games in Philly (FIVE of them in tonight) as they dominated the Phillies (30-36) for the second consecutive night, with multiple players having big nights en route to a 13-2 blowout victory.
There have been very few bright spots in the Phillies lineup during this four game home and home series against the Blue Jays, and it has been a different player every night. The Phillies only managed to record 5 hits in tonight’s ballgame, and that translated to just two meaningless runs in the later stages of the game. Odubel Herrera, who has been the Phillies most consistent offensive player all year, provided two of the five hits for the Phils tonight. Herrera drove in one of the Phillies two runs on an RBI single in the 8th inning. The Blue Jays racked up 17 hits in tonight’s ballgame and put up another double digit run performance with 13. Five Toronto players recorded multiple hits tonight. Kevin Pillar and Josh Donaldson both had 3 hits each for the Blue Jays, with 2 of Pillar’s hits being long balls. The Blue Jays got off to hot start, putting up 3 runs in the 1st inning and never looking back.
The Phillies came in to the game feeling a bit optimistic as they had their young ace, Aaron Nola, on the mound to take on this dangerous Toronto lineup. But Nola didn’t bring his best stuff tonight as the Blue Jays chased him out of the game after only 3+ innings. Nola allowed 8 runs (6 earned) on 8 hits and 3 walks while suffering the loss tonight. Nola’s loss drops him to 5-6 on the year with an ERA of 3.51. David Hernandez also struggled out of the bullpen, allowing 4 runs on 5 hits in his lone inning of relief tonight. Ex-Phillie J.A. Happ pitched a very good game tonight for the Blue Jays, as he improves to 8-3 on the year with an ERA of 3.41 after getting the win tonight. Happ pitched seven solid innings, allowing zero earned runs on just three hits and on 2 walks.
The Phillies will be glad to see the Blue Jays leave town as they only managed to take one out of three games against the team from the North. The Arizona Diamondbacks will be coming to town for a three game weekend series in Philly that begins tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. Phillies starter Adam Morgan (1-5, 6.33 ERA) will look to continue his improvements from his rocky start to the year as he takes on Dbacks starter Robbie Ray (3-5, 4.57 ERA). The Phillies have struggled lately, but can get back on track this weekend against another team that struggled lately and has underachieved mightily the entire season.
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