Phils relief pitching let down the team again as they lose to the Blue Jays, 11-6.

Philadelphia_PhilliesA still leaking bullpen lets down the offense as the Phils are defeated by the Blue Jays, 11-6.

The Phils got on the scoreboard first in the first inning as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Michael Young hits an RBI double, scoring Kevin Frandsen, who had just doubled, giving the Phils a 1-0 lead. The Phils then took a 3-0 lead as Ryan Howard hits a two-run blast, his second home run of the spring, knocking in Young. The Blue Jays cut the Phils’ lead in their half of the first as, with a runner on second, and with one man out, Melky Cabrera hits an RBI double, scoring Jose Reyes, who had started the inning off with a double, making it a 3-1 Phils’ lead. The Blue Jays then made it a 3-2 Phils’ lead as Edwin Encarnacion followed with an RBI single, scoring Cabrera. The Blue Jays then tied the game up at one-all in the second as, with two men out, Emilio Bonifacio hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring. The Phils retook the lead in the fourth as, with one man out, Carlos Ruiz hits a solo home run, his first home run of the spring, giving the Phils a 4-3 lead. The Blue Jays retied the game in their half of the fourth as, with two men on, and with one man out, Bonifacio hits an RBI double, knocking in Adam Lind, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to second base on Brett Lawrie’s ground out, 6-3, while sending Moises Sierra, who had just walked, over to third base.  The Blue Jays then took the lead one batter later as Reyes hits a three-run home run, his first home run of the spring, knocking in both Sierra and Bonifacio, giving the Blue Jays a 7-4 lead. The Blue Jays increased their lead in the fifth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Sierra hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch runner Ryan Schimpf, who was pinch running for Lawrie, who had been safe at first on a force out, 5-4, as J.P. Arencibia, who had started the inning off with a single, was wiped out at second base, giving the Blue Jays an 8-4 lead. The Blue Jays then took a 9-4 lead as pinch hitter Jim Negrych hits an RBI single, scoring Sierra. The Blue Jays then made it a 10-4 lead in the sixth as, with a runner on first, and with two men out, Josh Thole hits an RBI double, knocking in Luis Jimenez, who had just singled, before moving on to third on right fielder Laynce Nix’s throwing error. The Blue Jays increased their lead once again in the seventh as, with runners on the corners, and with one man out, Ryan Goins hits an RBI ground out, scoring Schimpf, who had started the inning off with a walk, moved up to second base on Ricardo Nanita’s single, then moved up to third base on Negrych’s force out, 3-6, as Nanita was wiped out at second base, giving the Blue Jays an 11-4 lead, while Negrych, who was safe at first on the force out, would move up to second base on the out. The Phils got two runs back as, with one man on, and with one man out, Erik Kratz hits a two-run home run, his first home run of the spring, as he knocked in Jermaine Mitchell, who had started the inning off with a single, making it a 11-6 Blue Jays’ lead. That would end up being the final score, as Ryan Ortiz ended the game by striking out Tyson Gillies.

Cliff Lee received a no-decision as he threw three innings, giving up three runs on five hits, as he struck out three. Tyler Cloyd committed his first blown save of the spring, before taking the lost (0-1, 13.50), as he pitched two innings, giving up six runs on seven hits and a walk. Michael Stutes pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits. Justin Friend pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit and a walk, while striking out a batter. Chad Durbin pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out two.  R.A. Dickey also received a no-decision as he also went three innings, giving up three runs on four hits, while striking out a batter. Josh Johnson got the win (1-0, 2.25), as he threw two innings, giving up a run on one hit, as he struck out a batter. Steve Delabar, Esmil Rogers and Jeremy Jeffress combined for three scoreless innings, giving up a walk (Rogers) between them, while striking out four (Delabar (2), Rogers (1), Jeffress (1)).  Ryan Ortiz pitched an inning, giving up two runs on three hits, while striking out a batter.

The Phils collected eight hits in the game, a double by Kevin Frandsen, an RBI double by Michael Young, a two-run home run by Ryan Howard, a single by Dom Brown, a solo home run by Carlos Ruiz, a single by John Mayberry, Jr., a single by Jermaine Mitchell and a two-run home run by Erik Kratz. The Phils had only one walk (Ruiz) in the game.

The Phils (3-4-1) continued spring training as they play a pair of split squad games, one at home against the Blue Jays (5-4) and on the road against the Orioles (6-2), presently trailing in both games.

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