- Updated: May 8, 2014
The Phillies limped into tonight’s game in Toronto hoping to salvage a game in an otherwise brutal and forgettable home and home series.
They were shutout by Toronto on Monday just a day after shutting out the Nationals. They came back from a five run deficit Tuesday night, only to fall in extra innings.
Wednesday Mark Beurhle and Cliff Lee dueled until the seventh inning when the Blue Jays scored seven runs
Thursday night the Blue Jays continued to tee off against Phillies’ pitching. A.J. Burnett got the start looking to build on three straight quality outings for the Phils.
The Phillies got on the board first tonight, when Dom Brown doubled home Marlon Byrd for a 1-0 lead. A lead that would be very short lived.
Unlike last night’s seventh inning outburst, the Blue Jays got to Burnett early. He allowed three home runs tonight, two of them in the first inning. One of them a solo shot to Edwin Encarnacion, the other a two run shot by Colby Rasmus.
That 3-1 lead was only the beginning for Toronto. They would blast five home runs on this night.
Luis Garcia allowed back to back home runs in the seventh inning, one by Encarnacion and another by third baseman Juan Francisco. They finished with 12 runs on 13 hits.
The Phillies’ bullpen has allowed 16 home runs this season, good for second most in Major League Baseball.
Burnett’s line for tonight was 6.1 innings pitched, seven runs on nine hits. Garcia then allowed five runs on four hits.
The Phillies trailed at one point by a score of 12-3, eventually cutting the lead to 12-6, but that’s a close as they would get.
They were swept in a four game series for the first time this season, falling to three games under .500 for the year.
They will try and regroup in a three game series with the Mets starting tomorrow night at Citi Field.
Roberto Hernandez gets the start against Jenrry Mejia for New York.
Stats Courtesy of Phillies.com
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