After a 12-4 win in Atlanta to avoid being swept, the Jays were on a high note as they headed home to host the Nationals (or Expos to most Canadians still) and their 1993 World Series foe, the Philadelphia Phillies.
It would be nice to say that the sweep by an impressive Nationals’ squad was the worst thing that happened during the week, but after seeing three of their starters removed due to injury, the Jays’ are more preoccupied by the future of their rotation.
On Monday, Brandon Morrow only made it through nine pitches before being pulled with a left oblique strain. He was placed on the DL on Wednesday. Also on Wednesday, Kyle Drabek made it to one out in the fifth before leaving the game after feeling a pop, with no pain, in the back of his right elbow. He was placed on the DL on Friday after an MRI showed a slight tear the ligament in his elbow, which was replaced during Tommy John surgery in 2007.
In Friday night’s game, starter Drew Hutchinson made it nine pitches in before calling out the training staff. He was removed with right elbow soreness, to be re-evaluated on Saturday. No word of any kind has been said about a timeline for his return.
The rest of the game was left to Toronto’s bullpen who pitched eight and two-thirds innings, shutting out the Phillies and holding them to only five hits. Carlos Villanueva was given the win after pitching four innings, striking out five, walking two and giving up two Philadelphia’s hits.
The Jays opened the scoring in the third inning on back-to-back two-out doubles by Rajai Davis and Brett Lawrie. In the bottom of the fourth, Jose Bautista scored from first on an error by Phillies’ third baseman Mike Fontenot. Edwin Encarnacion advanced to third on the error, after hitting a fielder’s choice to Fontenot. Encarnacion would score on a groundout to short by Yunel Escobar.
Five pitchers from the Jays’ pen would take the mound, with Casey Janssen pitching the ninth for his sixth save in six chances.
Game two goes Saturday at 1:05pm. Ricky Romero starts for the Jays, with Cliff Lee going for the Phillies.
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