Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Blue Jays 10, Phillies 0
Blue Jays 17-17, Phillies 15-17
Mark Buehrle was nothing short of great when he took on the Phillies at home Wednesday night. Going 7 scoreless innings while giving up only 3 hits and two walks, while striking out 6 Phillies along the way. Buehrle collects his major leading 6th victory of the young campaign and lowers his ERA to a stingy 1.91. Marky Mark was his typical self today pitch ahead and very quickly as a missed a few pitches trying to cover the game thread and blowing my nose after I sneezed. Sergio Santos and Chad Jenkins both lowered their ERA (9.58 and 9.00 respectively) by pitching an inning each.
This was a close and tight game until the 7th at least, where the Blue Jays unleashed the beast in the form of 9 runs. Edwin Encarnacion lead the way with 3 RBI’s by collect the two hardest parts of the cycle (a triple-second of the season and a homerun). Erik Kratz and Juan Francisco both helped Edwin out with 2-run homeruns off of Cliff Lee.
Cliff Lee didn’t pitch a bad game….. until the 7th inning. Before then it was a serious deal between Mark and Cliff. Matching pitch for pitch and at a rapid tempo that made me think that they were newly weds trying to get home.
I want to bring to attention what Erik Kratz has done, not only in this game but his entire time in the majors. He has been a productive hitter for the Blue Jays and was fifth protecting Edwin tonight. But the Jays are getting a few players back soon, most notable Adam Lind. Once Lind is back Toronto has to create space for him on the roster and most likely one of our three catchers has to go. Dioner Navarro is our starting catcher and his work with Buehrle so far is unquestionable. Josh Thole is RA Dickey’s personal catcher and he has been on fire this season. That leaves Kratz on the outside looking in, despite his productivity in the lineup.
I guess it’s a good problem to have.
To finish up this home on home RA Dickey (2-3, 5.01 ERA) will take on former Blue Jay AJ Burnett (2-1, 2.06 ERA) tomorrow at 7:07 ET.