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MLB: Spring Training-Toronto Blue Jays at Philadelphia Phillies Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Blue Jays 2 Phillies 3

It was a day for the pitchers.

Jays scored 2 on solo homers. Freddy Galvis went the opposite way, a fly that just barely cleared the wall, and Kevin Pillar hit one out to left. Brandon Drury almost homered, the ball hit the top of the wall in center. I thought it was out at first, but not quite.

Ryan Borucki had a nice day. Went 4.2, allowed 3 hits (all singles), 1 earned, 1 walk with 5 strikeouts. He threw 77 pitches. He has a 3.24 ERA on the spring. Pretty good, considering he had some troubles to start the spring.

Other pitchers:

  • Trent Thronton: 1.1, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts. The big news of his appearance was he hit Bryce Harper in the ankle with a pitch and Harper had to leave the game. Bryce limped off the field. Hoping he’s ok, but it looked painful. 4.82 ERA.
  • Bud Norris: 1 clean inning with 2 strikeouts. I think that was his first appearance.
  • Ryan Tepera: 1 inning, 1 walk. 6.00.
  • John Axford: 0.1, 2 hits, 2 walks, 2 runs (1 earned). Walked in the game winning run. He had some bad luck. Eric Sogard let an easy one go under his glove to start the inning with an error. After a ground out, with a pretty nice play by Cavan Biggio. Then Nick Williams hit a ball over Anthony Alford’s head in left. Alford’s first step was in, which cost the the catch. It wasn’t an easy play, but he should have made it. Another single tied the game. Then Axford gave up two walks. The first loaded the bases, the next brought in the winning run.

On offense, we didn’t do much, other than the two homers. We had just 6 hits on the day. Canadian Nick Pivetta started, for the Phillies, and gave up just 3 hits in 5 inning.

Starters:

  • Randal Grichuk: 0 for 3. .231.
  • Kevin Pillar: 2 for 3. .212. His best game with the bat in a long time. Also had a bad moment on the bases, rounding third, and would have been out had the throw behind him not been off line.
  • Teoscar Hernandez: 0 for 4, k. .419. And, in the same play as Kevin’s, he was thrown out going trying for second when he should have stayed at first.
  • Rowdy Tellez: 0 for 2. .300.
  • Brandon Drury: 1 for 3, double. .344. He hit that ball a long way.
  • Kendrys Morales: 1 for 2. .269.
  • Lourdes Guriel: 1 for 3, k. .370.
  • Freddy Galvis: 1 for 2, homer. .250. I really didn’t think his homer was going to go out. There must have been a wind blowing out to left.
  • Luke Maile: 0 for 3. .083. He threw out a basestealler.

Replacements:

  • Anthony Alford: 0 for 1. .286. He showed a good arm in left, but I wish he would have made that catch in the 9th.
  • Richard Urena: 0 for 1. .269. Made a very nice throw from third base.
  • Jonathan Davis: 0 for 1, k. .220.
  • Cavan Biggio: 0 for 2, 2 k. .200.
  • Joshua Palacios: 0 for 1. .200.
  • Billy McKinney: 0 for 1, k. .267.
  • Eric Sogard: 0 for 1. .241. And the terrible error in the 9.
  • Patrick Cantwell: Didn’t bat, he also threw out a basestealer.

The Jays are now 9-9-2.

Tomorrow they play split squad games. One at George M. Steinbrenner Field field against the Yankees and one in Dunedin against the Orioles. The Yankees’ game will be on Sportsnet, with the YES broadcast team. The other will be on Sportsnet radio.