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Phils Shelled in 7th Inning Meltdown

The Phillies started the back end of a home and home with the Blue Jays Wednesday night in Toronto.

Tonight’s game featured a pair of pitchers that work fast, Cliff Lee and Mark Beurhle. Beurhle came into the game with a 5-1 record and 2.25 earned run average.

Beurhle entered 2014 with 200 plus innings pitched in 13 straight seasons. Bottom line, he’s a workhorse that has NEVER visited the disabled list.

Lee and Beurhle breezed through the lineups near perfectly the first time through. With Lee not allowing a hit until the third inning. That would also be when the Jays would get on the board.

Lee allowed a one out single to center-fielder Colby Rasmus, followed by a ground rule double to Steve Tolleson. The ball took a generous bounce off the artificial surface at Rogers Centre and went over the wall. Rasmus would have surely scored had it stayed in the yard.

The next batter was shortstop Jose Reyes, who hit a fly ball to Marlon Byrd in deep right field. Rasmus came to the plate for a 1-0 Toronto lead.

Lee cruised through six innings almost completely unscathed.

And then the seventh inning happened…and happened…and happened.

The inning began with a lead-off triple by Edwin Encarnacion that was misjudged badly by Ben Revere in center. Former Phil Erik Kratz stepped up next and crushed one deep to left field for a two run bomb.

With the score now 3-0, catcher Dioner Navarro followed with a single. The next batter was Juan Francisco, and he hit a line drive over the fence in right for yet another two run shot, making it 5-0 Jays.

Two batters later, Lee allowed a double to Tolleson. That would be his final hitter of the evening. He was relieved by Mario Hollands who promptly threw a wild pitch and then walked Jose Reyes.

With Tolleson now on third, another wild pitch by Hollands allowed him to score and make it 6-0 Toronto. Melky Cabrera struck out on the play, but was able reach first on the wild pitch. Shawn Camp was then brought in to replace Hollands.

Jose Bautista then singled home Reyes for a 7-0 lead, and then Encarnacion stepped up for the second time in the inning. This time he went yard, bringing home Reyes and Cabrera for a 10-0 score.

All told, Cliff went 6.1 innings tonight and allowed six runs on seven hits.  Lee had not allowed anywhere near this many runs since opening day in Texas.

The bullpen also blew up, as they were responsible for four runs in the inning.

Beurhle on the other hand finished with seven shutout innings of three hit ball. The Phillies were shutout for the second time in three games, and managed only those three hits all night.

They only left five men on base for the game, and were 0-5 with runners in scoring position.

They’ve lost three in a row to Toronto and are in danger of getting swept tomorrow night at Rogers Centre.

A.J. Burnett will look to stop the bleeding and turn in his fourth straight quality start. He will be opposed by R.A. Dickey for the Blue Jays.

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