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LIVE Game Thread: Phillies vs Blue Jays


 

After playing two games in Philadelphia to finish up a long road trip, the Phillies now head into Toronto to complete baseball’s version of a home and home. Since rebalancing the leagues and have 15 teams in both the American and National Leagues, Major League Baseball is now forced to play interleague ball the entire season.

Last night we saw Marcus Stroman gain his first major league win after coming into the game for Drew Hutchison. The #HutchShow was brilliant until he gave up a grand slam to Cody Asche in the 6th inning. Toronto’s offense was lead by Edwin Encarnacion and Colby Rasmus who each banged out a homerun in the game.

Tonight Philadelphia is looking to end Toronto’s 3-game winning streak and get revenge after the Blue Jays entered Citizens Bank Park and sweep the mini two game series. Philadelphia’s chances are very good as they send out staff ace Cliff Lee against a revitalized Blue Jays’ lineup. Not much has been said about Lee this year but you can’t count this crafty veteran out. Cliff is a left-handed smart pitcher, who uses deceit and control to get big league hitters out.

As a counter Toronto also sends out a left handed pitcher in Mark Buehrle who is looking to collect his 6th win of the young season. Marky Mark (forgive me if that brought back some bad memories) has been the most consistent start for the Blue Jays- minus one start against Boston.

 

Philadelphia Phillies’ lineup

Ben Revere-CF
Jimmy Rollins-DH
Chase Utley-2B
Carlos Ruiz-C
Marlon Byrd-RF
Domonic Brown-Lf
John Mayberry Jr.-1B
Cody Asche-3B
Jayson Nix-SS

Cliff Lee-P

Toronto Blue Jays’ lineup

Jose Reyes-SS
Melky Cabrera-LF
Jose Bautista-RF
Edwin Encarnacion-1B
Erik Kratz-DH
Dioner Navarro-C
Juan Francisco-3B
Colby Rasmus-CF
Steve Tolleson-2B

Mark Buehrle-P

Note: Jimmy Rollins returns to the starting lineup after pinch hitting last night. It is important to note that he will be DH-ing tonight showing that the groin problem he has been experiencing isn’t quite gone. Also, Ryan Howard is out of the lineup tonight. This is probably the fact that they are taking on left-hander Mark Buehrle.

Also, Brett Lawrie is still out of the starting lineup with that tightness in his hamstring he experienced in the first game in Philadelphia.

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  • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

    Love that you used #HutchShow

    I hope Buehrle can stay hot. I picked him up a couple starts ago in my fantasy league…..

    • Jason Ramnauth

      I told you I got your back lol

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Just about time for first pitch

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    let’s do this

  • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

    Buehrle shatters a bat! He’s Superman this year!

  • Jason Ramnauth

    A 69 MPH curveball

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Marky Mark starts the game off with a Fly out to right

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Cliff Lee and Mark Buehrle……… hope you have plans tonight this will be a quick game

  • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

    I’ve been surprisingly OK with Tolleson. Not sure why…..

    • Jason Ramnauth

      he’s hitting better than Goins so far

      • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

        So is my grandmother…….

        • Jason Ramnauth

          Can she play second?

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      He’s always been decent against lefties, Gibby is using him well. I probably didn’t give him quite enough credit when he was called up as a serviceable bat against lefties, which is exactly what this team needed.

  • Jason Ramnauth

    3 Fly outs and 13 pitches in the first

    • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

      And, what was it? 3 minutes?

      • Jason Ramnauth

        I’m telling you. Marky Mark vs Cliff Lee I’ll get to watch a movie after I sleep

        • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

          it’s amazing

          • Jason Ramnauth

            I love it too

  • Jason Ramnauth

    equally as quick Lee got out of the first in 11 pitches

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      @Jason Ramnauth:disqus @Shaun Doyle:disqus I actually wish they would implement a “pitch clock” it would watch the games so much more watchable.

      • Jason Ramnauth

        I can only speak for myself but I love quick games

        • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

          don’t worry, all baseball writers do

          • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

            I’d like to speak to MiLB and get all games switched to afternoons. Lol

          • Jason Ramnauth

            I think it’s more of being a pitcher, and loving pitching duels rather than slugfests

      • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

        to track or, like a shot clock in basketball to speed things up? *cough* Jason Frasor *cough*

        • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

          Absolutely! Apparently they do have a rule that the pitcher has to delivery the ball within 12 seconds with no one on base but it’s never enforced.

          • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

            I knew they had the rule. Didn’t know it was that little. That could speed things up…assuming it is enforced.

        • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

          pitch clock might look a bit ugly but would make the game so much better imo

          • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

            Considering all of the odd things about stadiums to remove any distractions, it probably wouldn’t fly.

            But, a pitch clock violation could be a balk?

          • Jason Ramnauth

            Ask Eric Bedard he took from 15-25 second in between pitches

          • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

            from what I’ve read it’s an automatic ball

          • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

            of course. maybe to make it more “serious”.

          • Jason Ramnauth

            Maybe after repeated violations

  • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

    That mightbe the quickest K I can remember

  • Jason Ramnauth

    With that groundout Marlon Byrd goes to third, but that’s two out

  • Jason Ramnauth

    With that fly out of Mayberry Jr. Buehrle escapes the inning with a runner on third

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Even more impressive, Cliff Lee got out of the second inning faster than the first with only 9 pitches…..

  • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

    What do you guys think of Joe Siddall in the booth? Like him a lot better than Tabler.

    • Jason Ramnauth

      I like Pat, Not Buck….

      • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

        really eh… I don’t mind Buck but find he’s a better colour guy, I wish they would dump Tabler and get Matty Devlin to call play-by-play.

        • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

          He wa sgood, but no one can beat Jamie Campbell’s pure boyish joy for the game that made it fun to watch.

          • Jason Ramnauth

            Agreed

          • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

            lol man I hated Campbell he seems a lot more knowledgeable now but back in the day I thought he was a hack… was so happy when they got Buck, who at least knows the game and was a big shot at TBS at the time.

          • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

            I don’t think we can be friends. haha

          • Jason Ramnauth

            You don’t need to be friends to work together

          • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

            haha #BlameBuck

          • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

            I usually blame him for everything!

        • Jason Ramnauth

          I like Devlin, but Buck makes too many mistakes

    • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

      I miss Uncle Jack!

      • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

        Jack and Buck started talking about Jay-Z at one point last year when Jack was on TV it was priceless.

        • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

          I think I remember that!

          I like his no nonsense, truth. It is different than Dirk’s intentional attention grabbing truth

          • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

            I liked Dirk on Baseball Central when he was breaking down the game, you can tell he actually does his own research and follows stats and what not. On the air he just, I don’t know, seemed a bit pompous or something.

          • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

            When he stuck to the facts. But, I find he was like one of those guys who try to be funny and then watch you to wait for you to laugh. He was trying hard to be controversial.

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Now with only one out Phillies have runners one first and second

    • Jason Ramnauth

      J-Roll pops out in foul ground, two outs

      • Jason Ramnauth

        And Marky Mark gets out of the inning with a strikeout

  • Jason Ramnauth

    I wonder if staying in the dugout for so long will affect Lee

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Jeez…late to the game and the match-up between Buehrle and Lee are just mowing down the clock.

    • Jason Ramnauth

      Should’ve known better Kyle, but we forgive you this one time if it was your son’s game

      • Jason Ramnauth

        I was joking BTW lol

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      it’s been beautiful to watch

  • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

    OH NO! “Colby Rasmus and Kevin Seitzer are making sweet music together right now”-Buck

    • Jason Ramnauth

      Gross

  • Jason Ramnauth

    With one out, Rasmus singles

  • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

    Tolleson!

    • Jason Ramnauth

      He must really tried to impress us

      • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

        Not hard to be better than Goins.

        • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

          +1

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Tolleson’s ground rule double puts runners on third and second no outs.

    • Jason Ramnauth

      And a Reyes Sac fly and the Jays are on top 1-0

  • Jason Ramnauth

    So the Jays made Lee work. He threw 17 pitches that inning…..

  • Jason Ramnauth

    I just sneezed and Marky Mark finished the top of the fourth

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      at this rate the game might be over in 2 hours

      • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

        The minors games are moving fairly quickly too. I might get to bed before midnight (AT) unlike last night……stupid extra innings.

        • Jason Ramnauth

          Ouch

    • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

      Actually, it was funny…..Lee looked like the throw around was wasting his time.

      • Jason Ramnauth

        that’s not the first with him

        • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

          for sure. but funny. I say stop the throw arounds. Just keep firing!

  • Jason Ramnauth

    And the Jays have an uneventful 4th inning

  • Jason Ramnauth

    and Marky Mark finishes the top of the 5th with a K

  • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

    We were talking about Goins, but he’s got 2 hits so far tonight. bisons trailing 5-0

    • Jason Ramnauth

      He heard just talking about him

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      He seems to been doing okay at Triple-A, hopefully it helps but I’m still skeptical he’s a legit big leaguer… at least not a starter, maybe a utility guy

      • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

        if that…

        • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

          only because he can play a decent shortstop… bar set a little lower when he suits up there

          • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

            Nope. I have to set a limit for low bar setting.

          • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

            haha fair enough

      • Jason Ramnauth

        not another one of those AAAA guys

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Jose makes a nice catch for the second out of the in the 6th inning

  • Jason Ramnauth

    With one out Reye brings hi s.178 average to the plate

    • Jason Ramnauth

      and he walks

      • Jason Ramnauth

        Melky grounds into a fielder’s choice

        • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

          Mad ups by Lee!

          • Jason Ramnauth

            easy when you’re 6’3″

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Mark uses only 84 pitches to get through the 6th

    • Jason Ramnauth

      sorry 83

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Byrd leads off the 7th with a sharp single to centre

    • Jason Ramnauth

      first hit by both teams since the third

      • Jason Ramnauth

        Mark got a ground ball but the Jays were only able to get one out on the play

        • Jason Ramnauth

          Mayberry advances brown to second with a groundout

          • Jason Ramnauth

            and with Asche’s groundout inning over. Mark’s night might be over as well

          • Kyle Franzoni

            Nice outing by Buehrle…again. Mr. Consistent continually living up to his name and earning that big contract.

          • Jason Ramnauth

            I love this guy. It’s nice to know somethings won’t change

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Did I just see Edwin triple?

    • Kyle Franzoni

      His second of the season believe it or not.

      • Jason Ramnauth

        I chose not to believe it..

  • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

    KRATZ! Nice reunion for him!

    • Jason Ramnauth

      WOW….

  • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

    Good thing J-Frank lined one over the wall. Navarro can trot home.

  • Jason Ramnauth

    NOW JUAN HOMERS JAYS UP 4-0 against Cliff Lee I think it’s #BuehrleMagic

    • Jason Ramnauth

      5-0

  • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

    Tolleson. I hope he’s GOINS to stay!

    • Jason Ramnauth

      He just chased Lee out of the game

      • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

        And hopefully Goins from our minds.

        • Jason Ramnauth

          C’mon I liked his facial hair

          • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

            oh, wow

          • Jason Ramnauth

            I had to give him something. Can’t lie I started to shave like him after I saw it

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Toronto continues the threat with runners in scoring position and only one out

  • Jason Ramnauth

    and of course Bautista has to add on this slugfest

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Edwin looks to be heating up with his fourth homer of the season

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Wow, a 9 run inning and the complexion of this game will look a lot different in the morning box score than it did before this inning.

    • Jason Ramnauth

      Yeah, good point. It was a very stressful game until this point

  • Jason Ramnauth

    A miracle the inning is over

  • Jason Ramnauth

    Sergio Santos is in the game, no lead is safe

    • Jason Ramnauth

      I could be wrong

  • Jason Ramnauth

    looks like Chad Jenkins into close out the game

  • Jason Ramnauth

    With a clean ninth the Jays seal the victory 10-0

    • Kyle Franzoni

      10-0 looks really good on the run differential standings.