The Blue Jays took a 1-0 lead in the second as, with a runner on second, and with two men out, Brett Lawrie hits an RBI double, knocking in Rajai Davis, who had just doubled. The Blue Jays added to their lead in the third as, with a man on first, and with nobody out, Jose Bautista, who had started the inning off with a single, would score on a force attempt throwing error by third baseman Mike Fontenot on a sharp groundball hit by Edwin Encarncion as Fontenot threw away what was a sure double play ball into right field, allowing Bautista to reach first second base, then third, before finally crossing the plate, giving the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead, while allowing Encarnacion, who was safe at first base, to reach third base. Two batters later, the Blue Jays took a 3-0 lead as Yunel Escobar hits an RBI ground out, 6-3, knocking in Encarnacion. That would be the final score as Casey Janssen recorded his sixth save of the year as he threw a scoreless ninth.
Vance Worley (3-3, 2.80) took the lost as he threw seven innings, giving up three runs, only one of which was earned, on five hits and two walks, while striking out five. Michael Schwimer pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Drew Hutchison received a no-decision as he went two-thirds of an inning, striking out a batter, before being taken out with an elbow injury as he was facing his third batter of the game. Aaron Laffey also received a no-decision as he pitched an inning and a third in relief, giving up just a hit and a walk. Carlos Villanueva (2-0, 3.48) got the win as he threw four scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and two walks, while he struck out five. Jason Frasor collected his eighth hold of the season as he threw a scoreless inning, walking a batter, while striking out one. Darren Oliver received his sixth hold of the year as he threw a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, while striking out a batter. Casey Janssen collected his sixth save of the season with a scoreless inning, as he gave up a hit.
The Phils had just five hits in the game, a double by Jimmy Rollins, a single by Juan Pierre, a double by Hunter Pence, a single by Carlos Ruiz (who later leaves the game with an injury) and a single by Mike Fontenot, as the Phils are unable to do anything against the Blue Jays’ bullpen. The Phils also had three stolen bases (Pierre (12 & 13) and Shane Victorino (14)) and five walks in the ballgame.
The Phils (31-35, 5th NL East) continues their three-game Interleague Play series with the Blue Jays (32-32, 4th AL East) with a game already in progress.
The Phils two-games winning streak is snapped as they are shut out by the Blue Jays, 2-0.
The Blue Jays broke up a 0-0 tie in the fourth as, with one man on, and with nobody out, Adam Lind hits an RBI single, scoring Jose Bautista, who had earlier doubled, then stole third base, giving the Blue Jays a 1-0 lead. The Blue Jays then made it a 2-0 lead in the eighth as, with one man on, and with one man out, Kelly Johnson hits an RBI double, knocking in pinch hitter Travis Snider, who had earlier reached base on center fielder Scott Podsednik’s fielding error. That would be the final score as Jason Frasor collected his first save of the spring by getting Derrick Mitchell to pop out to the second baseman for the final out.
Cliff Lee (1-2, 3.45) took the lost as he pitched six innings, giving up a run on five hits, while striking out seven. Chad Qualls pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter. Jose Contreras pitched an inning, giving up a run on a hit. Brandon Morrow (2-0, 0.68) got the win as he pitched five shutout innings, giving up a hit and two walks, while striking out a batter. Carlos Villanueva and Darren Oliver both recorded their first hold of the spring as they combined for three scoreless innings, giving up three hits (Villanueva) between them, while striking out two (one each). Jason Frasor got his first save of the spring as he pitched a 1-2-3 inning, striking out a batter.
The Phils had only four hits in the game, with Carlos Ruiz leading the team with two hits, both singles. Jimmy Rollins and John Mayberry, Jr. had the other two Phils’ hits, both singles. The Phils also had two walks and a stolen base (Rollins) as the offense was kept under control by Blue Jays pitching.
The Phils (9-10) next game will be tomorrow afternoon with the Yankees (10-9) at Bright House Field at Clearwater. The game will start at 1:05 pm EDT.
The Phillies lose their fifth game in a row in spite of a good start by Cole Hamels as the Phillies’ bats are unable to get just one clutch hit as they fall again to the Angels, 3-2. Hamels would give up all of the Angels’ runs in the top of the second inning as he first gives up a RBI single to Gary Matthews Jr., scoring Vladimir Guerrero, who has earlier singled, and then moved to second on Torii Hunter’s ground out to first, giving the Angels a 1-0 lead. Hamels would then give up a two-run home run to Casey Kotchman, his eighth home run of the year, off of the Bud Light sign in right field, to make it 3-0 Angels. That would be all of the runs that the Angels would need, as Jered Weaver pitched well enough to keep himself out of any major trouble, although giving up a RBI single to Ryan Howard in the third, knocking in Chase Utley, who has earlier doubled, as he breaks an 0-24 slump, to make it a 3-1 Angels’ lead. The Phils would later cut the Angels’ lead down to 3-2 in the seventh, when with Carlos Ruiz on second, after getting on base with a walk and then moving to second on Pedro Feliz’s ground out, Jimmy Rollins would knock him in with a RBI double. But that would be it, as first Scot Shields and then Francisco Rodriguez would keep the Phils scoreless from that point, although the Phils would threaten to tie the score in the ninth, as Rodriguez records his thirtieth save of the year.
Cole Hamels takes the hard lost as he has a quality start, going seven innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits. His record is now 7-5 with a 3.27 ERA. Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge would each pitch an inning, giving up no runs apiece on three hits. Jered Weaver would get the victory, evening his record as he goes five and one third innings, giving up an earned run on four hits. His record is now 7-7 with a 4.56 ERA. Darren Oliver would pitch an inning, giving up an earned run on one hit. Scot Shields would pitch one and two-thirds innings, giving up no runs on no hits. Francisco Rodriguez would pitch an inning, giving up no runs on one hit as he records his thirtieth save of the season.
The Phillies’ offense would waste another good performance by one of their starters as they would get only six hits off of Angels’ pitching, as they are once again unable to get a clutch hit, inspite of Charlie Manuel actually shaking up the lineup to try and get something going. The Phillies were 1-5 on the home stand, battling from behind in all three of their games with the Angels. They will have the day off tomorrow as they get ready to head for the west coast to play the Athletics in Oakland for three games. The Phillies will be trying to figure out what they are doing wrong right now before they get ready to meet another good American League team on Tuesday.
With the lost, the Phillies (42-35) still have a full game lead over the Marlins, as they have just lost to the A’s in Oakland. Their lead over the Mets is presently three and a half games, as they have just defeated the Rockies in Denver. The Braves are now trailing them by four games as they’d defeated the Mariners at home. The Phillies will be heading to Oakland and try to figure out what they will now have to do to once again increase their lead in the National League East.