Phillies baffled by Dickey in 8-2 loss to Jays

AP Photo/John Minchillo

AP Photo/John Minchillo

 

Our Phillies have been one of the best teams in baseball since the All-Star break, but they seemed to revert to their early-season form on Wednesday night in Toronto.

Defensive miscues hurt the Phillies throughout the game, and Toronto starter R.A. Dickey (5-10, 4.27 ERA) vastly outpitched Jerome Williams (3-8, 6.36 ERA) in an easy Jays win that ended the Phillies five game winning streak.

Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki had a huge game in his Toronto debut, opening the scoring in the third inning with a two-run homer deep into the second deck. He added two more doubles and another RBI in the 6th to cap off an impressive game.

Williams struggled throughout the night for the Phillies, scattering 10 hits while striking out only one batter before being pulled in the 5th inning. After posting a 6+ ERA as a starter so far this season, the future for the 33-year-old Williams in baseball appears to be in serious jeopardy.

Meanwhile, Dickey had one of his best starts of the season, pitching eight innings while giving up two runs, both unearned.

The Phillies were down 7-0 before Domonic Brown finally scored on a play that consisted of a wild pitch by Dickey, followed by a throwing error by Jays catcher Russell Martin.

Ryan Howard notched the Phillies only RBI of the night on a single in the 8th inning,

Jeff Francoeur was our only player with multiple hits, knocking a single and a double to raise his average to a solid .270.

The Phillies will kick off a four-game series against the Braves on Thursday night at Citizens Bank Park. Aaron Harang (4-11, 4.08 ERA) returns to the mound for Philadelphia, opposed by Braves starter Shelby Miller (5-7, 2.28 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

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