After scoring 26 runs while taking two of three in Minnesota, the Phillies came into their series with the Blue Jays in Toronto having raised hope they had finally turned their miserable skid around.
They hadn’t. The Blue Jays hammered the Phils in the set, winning all three. The Phillies didn’t score in the first game. Cliff Lee took a 5-2 lead into the eighth inning of game two and the Phils lost 6-5. Kyle Kendrick was terrible yesterday.
Over their last 28 games, Phillies starting pitchers have thrown to a 5.36 ERA with a 1.42 ratio. The Phillies are 10-18 in those games.
The Phillies are 31-37 on the year after losing to the Toronto Blue Jays 6-2 yesterday afternoon. The Blue Jays sweep the three-game series. The Phillies have lost three in a row and are 3-12 over their last 15 games. They are in last place in the NL East, nine games behind the first place Nationals.
Kendrick got the start for the Phillies and went 6 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks. Only five of the runs were earned. Four of the hits went for extra-bases, three doubles and a home run.
The Phillies have lost the last three games he has started. In those outings, Kendrick has thrown to 9.00 ERA with a 1.81 ratio.
Brett Lawrie and Colby Rasmus doubled back-to-back to start the bottom of the first. Rasmus’s double scored Lawrie to put Toronto up 1-0. Kendrick got ahead of Jose Bautista 0-2, but walked him to put two men on. Ruiz picked Bautista off of first for the first out before Kendrick struck Encarnacion out for the second. Kelly Johnson was next, though, and he singled into center, scoring Rasmus to make it 2-0. Yunel Escobar flew to center for the third out.
The lead was cut to 2-1 when Kendrick set the Blue Jays down in order in the second.
It was 2-2 when he threw a 1-2-3 third.
Encarnacion reached on an infield single to start the fourth, but Kendrick got Johnson to ground into a double-play behind him. Escobar singled into center and Yan Gomes was hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second for Rajai Davis. Davis singled into center, scoring Escobar to make it 3-2. Kendrick got Jeff Mathis swinging to leave runners on first and second.
Kendrick walked Lawrie to start the fifth. Rasmus was next and he hit the first pitch from Kendrick out to center, extending the Toronto lead to 5-2. Kendrick got the next three.
A double, a home run and three RBI for the lefty Rasmus against Kendrick through the first five innings.
Kendrick set Toronto down in order in the sixth.
Mathis led off the seventh with a double to right. Lawrie flew to right for the first out. Diekman came in to pitch to the lefty Rasmus and Rasmus singled to right. Mathis might have held at third, but Pence didn’t handle the ball cleanly in right for another error. Mathis scored to make it 6-2 with one out and Rasmus on first. Diekman picked Rasmus off of first with Luna throwing to Rollins to apply the tag before Bautista flew to center for the third out.
Diekman has been charged with just one earned run over his last 8 2/3 innings, but he has a 1.85 ratio over those 11 appearances.
Papelbon pitched the eighth. He walked the leadoff man Encarnacion, but got the next three, striking out Escobar and Gomes for the second and third out.
Papelbon has a 1.23 ERA and an 0.82 ratio over 14 2/3 innings in his last 15 appearances.
The pen went 1 2/3 scoreless innings in the game, allowing a walk and a hit while striking out two. Papelbon threw 18 pitches and Diekman ten.
The Phillies lineup against lefty Brett Cecil went (1) Rollins (2) Polanco (3) Pence (4) Thome (5) Victorino (6) Ruiz (7) Luna (8) Mayberry (9) Martinez. Thome again at DH against a lefty. Polanco at third, Mayberry in left and Luna at first. Martinez plays second with the lefty Fontenot on the bench.
The Phillies went in order in the first.
Down 2-0, Thome homered to right center on a 3-2 pitch to start the second, cutting the lead to 2-1. The Phils went in order behind him.
Only hit in the set for Thome, who was 1-for-12 in the set.
Mayberry led off the third and homered to left, tying the game at 2-2. Martinez and Rollins went down before Polanco drew a walk. Pence singled to left on a ball deflected by Lawrie at third, moving Polanco up to third. Thome grounded to second to leave both runners stranded.
Victorino singled to start the fourth. Ruiz was next and lined to short on a nice play by Escobar for the first out. Victorino stole second before Luna hit a ball into shallow right-center that was caught by a charging Bautista. Bautista threw to second where Victorino was easily doubled-off to set the Phillies down.
Not good base-runner by Victorino. Bautista didn’t dive for the ball or seem to have much trouble tracking it down.
Mayberry singled to start the fifth with the Phillies down 3-2. Martinez flew to center for the first out and Rollins struck out for the second. Polanco was next and hit a ball that Escobar didn’t handle for an error, putting runners on first and second with two down. Pence flew to left to leave them stranded.
Victorino singled off of lefty Luis Perez with one out in the sixth and the Phillies down 5-2. Ruiz flew to center for the second out and Luna popped to second for the third.
Perez set the Phillies down in order in the seventh. He set them down in order in the eighth with Toronto up 6-2.
Luna reached on an infield single off of righty Jason Frasor with two outs in the ninth. Mayberry moved him to second with another single, putting two men on for Martinez. The lefty Fontenot hit for Martinez and grounded to short to end the game.
Rollins was 0-for-4 and struck out twice in the game. 3-for-13 with a walk and two doubles in the series. 255/303/365 for the year.
Polanco was 0-for-3 with a walk yesterday and 2-for-9 with a walk and a double in the series. 3-for-his-last-22 and hitting 278/307/359 for the season.
Pence 1-for-4 with a strikeout and 3-for-12 with a walk and two doubles in the series. 281/347/476 for the year.
Thome was 1-for-4 with a home run and 1-for-12 with a homer in the series. The nine-game stretch of DH games is over for the Phillies — Thome hit 333/415/722 over 41 plate appearances in those games as the Phils went 3-6. He’s hitting 250/344/500 for the year.
Victorino 2-for-4 with a stolen base and doubled off of second yesterday. 3-for-12 in the series. 6-for-his-last-33 (.182). 248/319/402 on the year.
Ruiz was 0-for-4 and struck out twice. 1-for-6 with a walk and three strikeouts in the series. 354/416/566.
Luna 1-for-4 yesterday and in the series. 302/362/488 in 47 plate appearances with the Phils this year.
Mayberry 3-for-4 with his fifth home run of the year yesterday. 4-for-9 with two home runs in the series. 235/269/383 for the year. He came into the series 4-for-30 in June (.135).
Martinez 0-for-3 in the game and 1-for-8 with two walks in the series. 5-for-25 with five singles and three walks for the year (200/286/200).
The Phillies don’t play today and will face the Rockies at home tomorrow night.