Blue Jays Shut Out Phillies

A couple days ago myworld watched the Blue Jays give up 22 runs and 29 hits against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  They were a different team today with Drew Hutchison blanking the Phillies for five plus innings and limiting their bats to just one hit.  Four relievers followed and preserved the shutout as the Blue Jays blanked the Phillies 3-0.  The Phillies made more errors (2) than they got hits (1).

Hutchison walked three and struck out three.  The most trouble he got into was when he walked the first two hitters in the second inning.  Carlos Ruiz grounded into a double play and Cody Asche grounded to first to end the threat.  The Phillies would not get another man to third until the ninth inning.

A.J. Burnett started for the Phillies.  He pitched five strong innings, striking out six and only giving up three hits.  Two of those hits came in the fourth inning when he gave up his only run.  Jose Bautista started the inning with a single.  Emilio Guerrero pinch ran for him, broke for second and Carlos Ruiz threw the ball into centerfield, allowing Guerrero to advance to third.  Dioner Navarro drove him in with a sacrifice fly to center field.  Brett Lawrie followed with a single but was stranded at first.

It remained 1-0 until the eighth inning.  Mario Hollands came on in relief for the Phillies.  He walked Josh Thole and gave up a single to Emilio GuerreroJonathan Diaz bunted them over.  Justin DeFratus came on to relieve for Hollands.  He gave up a single to Gabe Jacobo to the leftfielder Leandro Castro.  Thole scored, but Guerrero looked to be meat after the third base coach sent him.  The throw from Castro was closer to the third base dugout than home plate, allowing Guerrero to score the gift run.  The Blue Jays could have scored more with runners on third and second and one out, but Munenori Kawasaki and Jonathan Jones both struck out.

The Blue Jay bullpen almost gave the game to the Phillies.  Side armer Will Browning had some difficulty facing lefthanders.  He hit Reid Brignac and walked both Edgar Duran and Clete Thomas to load the bases.  He also struck out Leandro Castro and Steve SussdorfKoyie Hill, recently released by the Nationals came up with an opportunity to hit a grand slam walk off homerun.  He struck out on three pitches, taking the last pitch for a called third strike.

Game Notes: Not a lot of people showed up at the last spring training home game for the Phillies.  Only 6,228 came to the park on an overcast day…Melky Cabrera got three at bats and struck out all three times.  He was also slow getting to a blooper into left field.  Looking at his build Melky would have difficulty playing centerfield as he did with the Yankees during his early years…Jonathan Papelbon came into the game wearing the number 51 with the name Ruiz on the back of his uniform.  That will confuse the scorekeepers…Colby Rasmus made a nice diving catch in the fifth inning.  Brett Lawrie clapped for him from his position at third base…Dioner Navarro made a slow throw to second base in an attempt to catch Jimmie Rollins stealing.  He will not catch a lot of runners with that arm.

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