F*ck Canada; Phillies drop 4th straight game to Blue Jays 8-2.
The Phillies dropped their 4th consecutive game 8-2, and were swept in a quick two game series at the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays.
Blue Jays (47-42) Beat Phillies (46-43)
- Winning Pitcher: Ross Stripling (5-3, 3.03)
- Losing Pitcher: Zack Wheeler (8-5, 2.89)
- Save: n/a
If Zack Wheeler fans were looking for more evidence to argue that he should have been selected to the All-Star game later this month, they sure didn’t find it tonight. The last time Wheeler had allowed more than three runs was on April 23rd in his third start of the season in a loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. Statistically it was his second worst outing of the year, only slightly better than we he allowed 7 ER in an April 17th loss at Miami.
Wheeler allowed 7 earned runs on 7 hits in only 4.2 innings of work. He allowed a run in the 3rd inning, two runs in the 4th inning, and another in the 5th inning. It was only his second start of the season in which he allowed more than one home run and the long ball was ultimately his undoing. 2022 AL MVP runner-up Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Teoscar Hernandez both tagged Wheeler with a long ball in the 4th inning that saw the Blue Jays race out to a 4-0 lead, that the Phillies had no chance of surmounting with their limited lineup.
Much like the two game series in Arlington Texas against the Ranger in June, the Phillies really had zero chance of winning a game in Canada. Due a recent rash of injuries to key offensive contributors, there is virtually no team in baseball that could afford to lose more guys to the idiotic covid restrictions happening in Toronto.
The Phillies could only muster a pathetic two hits during Wednesday night’s drubbing, one of them a two-run home run by Bryson Stott, which was his second in as many games. Much like Tuesday night the top of the Phillies order was pathetic, hitting just 1-15 with no walks and seven strike outs.
I can’t believe I am about to utter these words; but I have never been more excited about getting out of Canada and starting a three game set on the road against the Miami Marlins. Can the Phillies overcome their recent history of dropping series after series to the bottom feeders of the NL East?
Most likely not, but at least ill get to watch JT Realmuto play baseball again.
Let’s forget like this little road trip even happened. See you in the Sunshine State on Friday!
Former Colorado Rockies outfielder Raimel Tapia drives in an RBI on a fielders choice that Didi Gregorius was unable to turn into a double play.
1-0 Blue Jays
I still don’t understand how Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit this ball out of the park, but regardless it doubles the Blue Jays lead in their big 4th inning.
2-0 Blue Jays
Teoscar Hernandez hits his first home run of the ball game and doubles the Blue Jays lead off a struggling Zack Wheeler.
4-0 Blue Jays
Bryson Stott with his second home run of the series cuts into the Blue Jays lead in the 7th inning.
6-2 Blue Jays
Teoscar Hernandez hits his second home run of the game to put the Blue Jays comfortably ahead in the 8th innings.
Up Next for the Phillies
The Phillies have a scheduled off-day on Thursday before flying to Miami to begin a three game set against the Marlins at Loan Depot Park.
Kyle Gibson (4-3, 4.53) will toe the rubber facing off against Sandy Alcantara (4-3, 3.34) with the first pitch scheduled for 7:07 pm.
NBC Sports Philadelphia will carry the broadcast of the game.
Mandatory Photo Credit: Getty Images