The Blue Jays teed off on the Phillies on Thursday night, demolishing them 13-2 and taking three of four games in the series.
After a hiccup in the opening game of this home and home series with Philadelphia, the Blue Jays were looking to make it three straight wins. Toronto pounded Phillies pitchers for 18 runs in the last two games, but they were supposed to be tougher to come by against righty Aaron Nola, who entered the game sporting a 2.92 ERA.
Heading into the game, Edwin Encarnacion was batting .533 with four HRs and nine RBIs in his last four games and he wasted no time continuing his torrid streak. With Josh Donaldson aboard, the Edwing took flight, obliterating a 1-1 curve from Nola deep into the left field bleachers, an estimated 424ft to give the Blue Jays an early 2-0 lead.
EE is on FIRE!!! He does it again. #BlueJays up 2-0 after his 2R HR. T1
— ⚾ Wade ⚾️ (@Every5thDay) June 16, 2016
Michael Saunders made it two in a row, pounding a 2-0 fastball into the right field bleaches to balance the damage to Citizens Bank Park.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) June 16, 2016
In the third, back-to-back walks to Donaldson and Edwin set things up and another hot batter, Russell Martin poked a single into left field to score JD for a 4-0 lead. It could have been more, but the Blue Jays were burned by the Utley Rule yet again. Kevin Pillar‘s turtling slide was initially fine, but the crew review turned Darwin Barney‘s RBI ground out into an inning-ending double play.
— Callum Ferguson (@C_Fergs) June 17, 2016
The hit parade continued in the fourth though, the Blue Jays unaffected by the umpires decision. Ryan Goins led off with a double into the gap and J.A. Happ beat out a bunt for a single after Cameron Rupp bobbled it. Jose Bautista drove Goins home with a single to left extending the lead to 5-0, and another Donaldson walk brought an end to Nola’s outing. Colton Murray was brought in to try and douse Edwin’s flames, but Edwin can not be stopped at this point. A single into shallow left scored two more runs, 7-0 Blue Jays as they continue to unleash on this poor Phillies squad, that +.500 start seeming like it happened forever ago.
— Phil Jones (@Phil_Jones2020) June 17, 2016
Even when the Blue Jays tried to mercifully end the inning, the Phillies wouldn’t take it. Tyler Goeddel lost a Russell Martin fly ball in the lights and it fell in to score Donaldson and make it 8-0.
If you’ve ever sat in Philadelphia’s left-field bleachers, you know Goeddel is now hearing awful things about his mother.
— Jamie Campbell (@SNETCampbell) June 17, 2016
Andrew Bailey pitched a solid inning of relief for the Phillies. The problem was, they left him out there for another inning, and Kevin Pillar made him pay with his sixth home run deposited into the left field stands.
— Ryan Andrews (@NeoAC18) June 17, 2016
A RBI groundout by ex-Blue Jay Jimmy Paredes broke up Happ’s shutout, but by this point it was already looking like far too little, far too late.
David Hernandez entered in the eighth, and he would not emerge unscathed either. Devon Travis welcomed him to the party with another solo jack, the fourth on the night for the Blue Jays, and Travis’ second since returning from shoulder surgery, making it 10-0. All Paredes could do was look up and wish Troy Tulowitzki hadn’t been hurt.
More runs came in as a Martin double to the right-centre gap plated Edwin for an 11-1 tally, and then Superman stepped up again.
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) June 17, 2016
The two run shot to left was his seventh of the season and the coup de grace to cap a thorough beat down.
This was a night to forget for Nola, who originally was drafted by the Blue Jays but spurned them to return to LSU. Looks like they remembered that. Nola left after 3+ innings, surrendering eight runs (six earned) on eight hits and three walks. He picked up five strikeouts but had trouble with his location all game long and took a well deserved loss.
Happ pitched like a man resentful of being traded for Roy Oswalt, and he was dealing early against the team that drafted him in the 3rd round of the 2004 draft. He set down Freddy Galvis looking and Maikel Franco swinging in the opening frame. The lefty finished the night after seven innings, giving up one run on three hits and two walks while striking out five. He even picked up a hit and scored a run, pushing his team leading batting average to .400 and earning a round of applause from the rest of the rotation.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 17, 2016
PLAY OF THE GAME:
Not just hot at the plate, Edwin also made a beautiful diving catch at 1st base in the second inning off the bat of Rupp. Then from his knees he turned and fired a strike to second to double off a cheating Tommy Joseph. Is there anything he can’t do?
Edwin was raking, 3-4 with a home run and 4 RBIs, but that’s to be expected out of him, and Pillar’s two homers came with the game already well in hand, so let’s acknowledge a stellar outing from the Blue Jays’ top acquisition in this past off-season. Happ came into this game with a 6+ ERA in his last six outings, so seeing him shut down this AAA offense is a welcome sign. He gets the game ball tonight.
The turning point came when MLB decided this game would proceed as planned. Seriously, this was as one-sided as it gets. People were pitying the Phillies by the fourth inning.
— Holly McNeill (@Wally_Holly15) June 17, 2016
NEWS & NOTES:
Jose Bautista left the game in the seventh inning for precautionary reasons after crashing into the wall on a Rupp fly ball. X-rays were being done on his big toe and he was replaced by Ryan Goins in right as Devon Travis entered the game.
Andy Burns hit watch is still at zero.
The Blue Jays move to 31-19 in Interleague play since 2014, second best in the league behind the Royals.
Toronto heads south and back to the AL East for a three game series with the division-leading Orioles. Aaron Sanchez (6-1, 3.33 ERA) hasn’t hit his innings limit yet, so he takes to the mound against the lesser Wright of the AL East, Mike Wright (3-3, 5.31 ERA).
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