It wasn’t a kind MLB debut for the Philadelphia Phillies 22-year old Zach Eflin, as he gave up nine runs, eight earned, and failed to get out of the third inning in a 11-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays (36-31) on Tuesday afternoon. The Phillies fell to 30-35 on the season.
Eflin struggled with his command early and often, leading to the deadly combination of walks and the long back which would ultimately see his day come to a quick end against the potent Jays lineup. His final line: 2.2 IP, 9H, 9R, 8ER, 3BB, 2K.
Toronto was first to strike, scoring on an RBI double by Russell Martin in the bottom of the 1st inning. Kevin Pillar led off the bottom of the 2nd with a home run, and Josh Donaldson made it 3-0 with an RBI double later in the inning, plating the unearned run after a costly two-out error by third baseman Andres Blanco.
Peter Bourjos gave the Phillies their first hit of the game off Jays starter and winning pitcher Marcus Stroman (6-2, 4.76 ERA) in the top of the 3rd, but was caught stealing to end the inning and quickly extinguish any momentum for the road team.
It completely unraveled for Eflin in the bottom of the 3rd as the Jays tacked on six more runs on a pair of long balls, a two-run shot by Ezequiel Carrera, and the big blow, a two-out grand slam by Donaldson.
Onto the few positives from this one from our Phillies: 3+ innings of scoreless long-relief from Brett Oberholtzer in his second straight very effective outing. A 2-2 game with an RBI double from Jimmy Paredes, and two hits, including a triple from Bourjos. Cesar Hernandez knocked his second home run of the season, and Blanco notched the team’s final RBI on a sac fly in the 8th. Elvis Araujo pitched a scoreless 8th inning.
- The Phillies lost following a win for the 6th straight time. They haven’t won back-to-back games since taking the last two from the Miami Marlins May 17-18. That was also the last time they won a series.
- The 11 runs allowed by the Phillies matched their season high.
- A day after homering in the DH spot, Ryan Howard went 0-4 with a strikeout on Tuesday.
- Freddy Galvis was the only Phil to draw a walk in the game.
- Toronto’s final two runs were scored in the 7th inning off the arm of Colton Murray.
The Jays come to Citizens Bank Park as the home-and-home series continues Wednesday night. Jeremy Hellickson (4-4, 4.34 ERA) takes the hill for the home team. He’ll be opposed by Toronto’s Marco Estrada (4-2, 2.57 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.