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Nice start from Aaron Sanchez, Jays beat Phillies

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Philles 1 Blue Jays 4

Our young starting pitchers are having a great spring. Today was Aaron Sanchez' turn. He went 5.1, allowed just 2 hits, 1 earned 1 walk and 2 strikeouts. He kept the ball on the ground. GameDay credits him with 10 ground outs and 3 fly outs. I'd like to see him get a few more strikeouts, but he didn't allow much for hard contact. He didn't allow a hit until 1 out in the fourth. A really nice start. His spring ERA in 3.93.

Another bit of good news was that Brett Cecil pitched his first inning in a major league spring game. He pitched a clean inning, getting one strikeout.

Others pitching:

  • Colt Hynes: 0.2, 1 hit. He still have a 0 ERA.
  • Scott Barnes: 1 inning, 2 hits. 3.60 ERA.
  • Kyle Drabek: Clean inning, 1 strikeout. 2.57 ERA. With the Demotion of Steve Delabar, there is a chance he makes the team.

On offense, we had just 4 hits, but 1 of the 4 was a 3-run home run by Steve Tolleson, the highlight of a 4-run 8th inning. Ryan Goins drove in the other run with a double.  The other two hits were a Kevin Pillar single and Dalton Pompey triple.

Edwin Encarnacion played his first MLB type game since March 8th, he was 0 for 1 with 2 walks.

Jose Reyes, Russell Martin, Josh Donaldson and Devon Travis all went 0 for 3. Travis went 0 for for the second day in a row, but he's still hitting .340.

Tomorrow the Jays host the Tigers and the game is on Sportsnet.