The Philadelphia Phillies looked to even up the Home and Home series w/ the Toronto Blue Jays. It would be up to RHP Aaron Nola (5-5, 2.98 ERA), coming off the worst start in his young career 3 2/3 in, 4R, on 7H, to hold down the Jays potent offense. Toronto would send out former Phillie LHP J. A. Happ (7-3, 3.70) who started out hot, but has cooled some lately.
It was not to be on this night, once again for Nola as he could not get an out in the 4th, leaving w/ the bases loaded, no outs and already had given up 5 runs – all earned, on 5 H, 3BB, and 5 K’s and 2 HR’s. Those HR’s came in the 1st inning when after striking out the 1st batter, Edwin Encarnacion (18) sent a low curveball to deep LF for a 2 run HR, followed by a Michael Saunders (12) drive to RF to make it 3-0. On a Posidelphian spin Nola did strike out the side, 2 of them looking. He had 2 ks looking the next inning as well, albeit one on Happ, but the other on Jose Bautista, to end the inning w/ man on 2nd. Even w/ all the k’s Nola was pitching behind just about every batter which lead to another run in the 3rd – almost two but a 6-4-3 DP abetted by the new 2nd base slide rule took that off the board- it was still 4-0 Blue Jays. It would only get worse the next inning as he was not helped by his defense either w/Cameron Rupp getting an E on a play in front of the plate that should have had at least one out. Colton Murray came on and proceeded to add 2 to Aaron’s line giving up a 2 run single, and after the 1st out another E by Tyler Goeddel on a FB led to another, so by the time the tent was erected over this circus, it was 8-0, Blue Jays, all Nola’s runs, but only 6 earned.
As has been their wont most of the season the Phils stagnant offense were already punching out Happ’s name on their Cy Young ballots only getting their 2nd hit w/ 1 out in the 6th and only 74 pitches thrown. Happ was eventually pulled after 7 – 3H, 1R – unearned, 2 BB, 5K’s.
The Blue Jays continued to pile it on no matter who was in, 5HRs tonight and 11 in the series, and the Phillies continued to play sloppy baseball including Odubel Herrera turning an out into a 2 base advancement of a runner by throwing a ball into the stands w/ only 2 outs. They wound up w/ 4 E’s by the time this game was done – Fans in the stands including this Dad were doing a better job. This could be the night for Pete Mackanin‘s 1st clubhouse lecture.
The Phillies added single runs in the 7th and 8th to once again avoid a SO – amazingly that has only happened 3 times this season -so when the manure was cleared the final score was 13-2 Blue Jays. Aaron Nola earned the L (5-6) on his 2nd terrible outing in a row, and Happ got an easy W (8-3) w/ his offense giving him all he would need in the 1st inning.
Pete’s Blues: Mackanin did have a meeting after the game as I suggested he might. He would only say “I told them I wasn’t happy”.
Good Night on a Bad Night: Herrara did have 2 H in 4 AB’s and Joseph broke an 0-7 streak, w/ his 3rd 2b of the year, to lead off the 2nd.
Minor issues: Alec Asher (4-2 , 2.30 ERA Reading & Lehigh Valley) suspended 80 games without pay for a positive PED test – the same one that Daniel Stumpf was suspended for earlier this season. He was already on the DL w/ a bruised calf. Roman Quinn‘s (AA Reading) bad injury luck continued as he went on the 7-day DL retro to June 15, w/ an oblique injury. After the game Mackanin announced that Colton Murray has been optioned to Triple-A. Corresponding move will be made before tomorrow’s game. They need to get a fresh arm in the pen after this series.
For something a bit different to lighten the mood – Blue Jays Vs. Blue Jays?: For a few seasons, the Philadelphia Phillies were known as the Philadelphia Blue Jays. The Son of owner Bob Carpenter Sr. – of the Carpenter family that still owned the Phillies until 1981 – had the idea that the team had been bad for so long they needed a new look. Bob Carpenter Jr, thinking of the “scrappy qualities of a Blue Jay, changed the name of the team to the Philadelphia Blue Jays in 1943. It never became an “official” change but they did use this new logo below, ’til the end of the ’45 season, and in ’49 after Bob Sr. died, the nickname was also put to rest.
To read more about this go to Legendsrevealed.com from where I gleaned the facts and logo for this note.
Next Ups: Arizona Diamondbacks come to town for 4 games LHP Robbie Ray (3-5, 4.57) Vs LHP Adam Morgan (1-5, 6.33) tomorrow @ 7:05
Our Ali Van Norden will be here to recap all the w/e activity on Sunday and I will be back next week TBD.