You would think that more people would have flocked to the Rogers Centre to see their new Blue Jay, Troy Tulowitzki. But, it was a rather sparse crowd. When he led off the bottom of the 1st inning, he did get a standing ovation as a welcome to Toronto.
And, what an impression his new team made on him and vice versa. R.A. Dickey was on point this evening. The offense was clicking, every batter had a hit, Twitter was happy. It was a good night to be a Blue Jays fan.
Tulo struck out in his first at bat. But, that was of little consequence because he more than made up for it with his first home run as a Blue Jay. It drove in Ryan Goins who singled. It opened the scoring- 2-0. He led off the 5th with a double.
R.A. Dickey had it working early. The knuckleball was doing knuckleball things.
out of the game with an opposite field double. That brought the score to 4-0. It was good to see since the broadcast felt it necessary to focus so much on his thumb getting jammed a bit by the knuckleball. He looked fine on that stroke.
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After a leadoff single by Ezequiel Carerra in the 6th, Phillies pitcher, Justin DeFratus attempted to pick him off. It didn’t work. The ball was air mailed and Zeke managed to scoot all the way to third. Kevin Pillar didn’t want him hanging around there too long and lifted a sac fly to right to bring the score to 5-0.
Tulo continued to endear himself to Toronto in the 6th with his second double of the evening and his 3rd hit of the game. It drove in Ryan Goins to make it 6-0.
If the score of 6-0 wasn’t enough for Josh Donaldson, he laced a single and took an extra base when the Phillies missed the cutoff. It was a bit greasy, but kind of awesome too. We’ll call it heads up baseball. Bautista followed with a sharp ground ball that could only be knocked down. Safe all around. Bases loaded, 1 out for Chris Colabello.
Lost of people thought that Justin Smoak should have been in the lineup with Encarnacion out. John Gibbons elected to go with Colabello since he has better numbers. Colabello responded with a sac fly in the 6th to bring the score to 7-0.
In the 7th inning, Dominic Brown reached on a challenged call at first was ruled “safe”. He eventually came in after a wild pitch was chased down by Martin who threw it to first, which didn’t work as the ball trickled to Goins at 2nd. That allowed the Phillies their first run to make it 7-1.
In the 7th, Ryan Goins drove in Pillar (who singled) with a double to LCF. 8-1 Blue Jays.
Ryan Howard drove in a run in the 8th off of Dickey to bring it to 8-2.