The Toronto Blue Jays maintained their 15-4 record on the spring with a tie 4-4 against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Getting the nod for the Jays was Marco Estrada who pitched an impressive 3.2 innings allowing just one run on two hits with six strikeouts and a two walks. While he struggled at times to command his fastball, his changeup was certainly in mid-season form, exhibiting strong depth that had hitters waving while hoping.
The Jays came out hot offensively with Kevin Pillar taking a fastball to deep centre-field for an out before Troy Tulowitzki--in his return after getting hit in the hand--doubled down the left-field line. The Jays wouldn't score until Casey Kotchman's two-run home run to right-field in the 4th inning, making it 2-1.
Taking over in relief was Pat Venditte who pitched an inning and a third of shutout relief, continuing his shutout streak of six innings this spring.
Darrell Ceciliani added to the Jays offensive in the 6th inning with a solo-home run to widen their lead to 3-1. The Jays added another in the 7th inning on an RBI single by Michael Saunders to make it 4-1.
After Drew Storen pitched an inning of shutout relief, Brett Cecil took over in the 8th but was roughed up allowing three runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning pitched, tying the game 4-4. The Jays were unable to surmount a comeback as the game finished in a tie 4-4.
Kevin Pillar--0/4, .239
Josh Donaldson--2/3, .364
Michael Saunders--1/4, .324
Russell Martin--0/4, .161
Casey Kotchman--3/4, .286
Ryan Goins--0/3, .333