The Phils’ bullpen allows one to get away in extra-innings as the Phils lose to the Blue Jays, 6-5.
The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the second as, with nobody out, Edwin Encarnacion hits a lead-off home run, his third home run of the season, giving the Blue Jays a 1- 0 lead. The Blue Jays increased their lead in the top of the fourth as, with runners on the corners, and with nobody out, Juan Francisco hits into an RBI force out, 4-6, wiping out Encarnacion, who had just singled, for the inning’s first out, while scoring Jose Bautista, who had started the inning off with a double, then moved up to third base on Encarnacion’s single, making it a 2- 0 Blue Jays’ lead. The Blue Jays then took a 4-0 lead two batters later as, with one man still on, and now with two men out, Colby Rasmus hits a two-run home run, his eighth home run of the year, knocking in Francisco. The Blue Jays then made it a 5-0 lead in the top of the sixth as, with one man on, and with two men out, Steve Tolleson hits an RBI double, knocking in Francisco, who had started the inning off with a single. The Phils would start a rally in their half of the sixth as, with runners on the corners, via a lead-off double by Carlos Ruiz, who then stopped at third base on Chase Utley’s single, and with nobody out, Ryan Howard hits an RBI single, knocking in Ruiz, making it a 5-1 Blue Jays’ lead, while moving Utley up to second base. The Phils then tied it at five-all four batters later as, with the bases now loaded, after pinch-hitter John Mayberry Jr. had walked, moving up both runners, Cody Asche hits a grand-slam home run, his third home run of the season, and his first career grand-slam, scoring before him Utley, Howard and Mayberry. The Blue Jays retook the lead in the top of the tenth as, with runners on second and third, and with one man out, Francisco hits a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Melky Cabrera, who had started the inning off with a single, then moved up to third base on Bautista’s single, who then moved up to second base on pitcher Antonio Bastardo’s wild pitch, as he beat the throw home, giving the Blue Jays a 6-5 lead. That would end up being the final score as Aaron Loup received his second save of the season as he got Howard to ground out, 5-3, for the game’s final out.
Cole Hamels received a no-decision as he went six innings, giving up five runs on ten hits and a walk, while striking out six. Jeff Manship, Jake Diekman and Jonathan Papelbon combined for three scoreless innings, giving up two walks (Manship) between them, while striking out three (Diekman (1), Papelbon (2)). Antonio Bastardo (3-2, 3.77) took the lost as he pitched an inning, giving up a run on two hits and a wild pitch. Drew Hutchinson also received a no-decision as he pitched eight innings, giving up five runs on nine hits and a walk, while striking out six. Marcus Stroman (1-0, 4.50) got the win as he went one and a third innings, giving up a hit and a wild pitch, while striking out one. Aaron Loup collected his second save of the season as he pitched two-thirds of an inning, getting out both men whom he would face.
The Phils had ten hits in the game, with Cody Asche (Singles, Double, Home Run (4 RBIs) leading the team with four hits, followed by Carlos Ruiz (Single, Double) and Marlon Byrd (Doubles) with two hits each. Chase Utley (Single) and Ryan Howard (Single, RBI) had the other two Phils hits. The Phils also had a walk (pinch-hitter John Mayberry, Jr.) in the game, while the defense performed three doubleplays.
The Phils (15-16, 5th NL East) continue their home-home interleague play series with the Blue Jays (16-17, T-3rd AL East) with the first of two games in Toronto. The game will be played at the Rogers Centre and is to start at 7:07 pm EDT. The Phils will send to the mound Cliff Lee (3-2, 3.00), who is coming off a no-decision against the Nats on May 2, as he threw seven innings, giving up two runs, only one of which was earned, on four hits and two walks, while striking out five, in the Phils’ 5-3 lost. He will be trying to put a stop to the Phils’ present losing streak. The Blue Jays will counter with Mark Buehrle (5-1, 2.25), who is coming off a win against the Royals on May 1, as he went six and two-thirds innings, as he gave up three runs, only two of which were earned, on seven hits and two walks, while striking out four, in the Blue Jays’ 7-3 win. He’ll be going for his sixth win of the season. The Phils will be trying to get back to .500, while hoping to end their present losing streak.