Blue Jays 9, Phillies 8 (Game 2 - 7 Innings)
Game 21 - Thursday Afternoon, August 20th in Buffalo
Record - 9-12, Tied for 4th Place, 3 games behind the Braves
One Sentence Summary: The Phillies, up 7-0 after the first inning, ended up losing in embarrassing fashion to the Blue Jays, 9-8.
What It Means: My Phillies fandom gets occasionally challenged every year, but 21 games into this pandemic-shortened season, over a third of the way done, and I find myself wishing we could fast forward to spring 2021. These games are supposed to provide a fun distraction, and more often than not they have not.
What Happened: The Phillies scored seven in the first inning, chasing Blue Jays starting pitcher Trent Thornton. Andrew McCutchen had the biggest hit, clearing the bases with a double to right. The Phillies offense wouldn't have another hit until there were two outs in the top of the seventh.
The Blue Jays didn't let up and a nightmare bottom of the sixth allowed them to score seven times, taking a 9-7 lead. Scott Kingery and Didi Gregorius committed costly errors, Vince Velasquez was charged with a pair of runs before departing and the bullpen duo of Connor Brogdon and Hector Neris combined to allow five more runs (only two earned) on five hits, a pair of walks and a wild pitch. Despite the errors leading to unearned runs, the Phillies bullpen sits at 8.07.
Featured Card: The last time the Phillies were up 7-0 after the first inning and lost the game was back on May 5, 1970 against the Padres. In that game, pitchers Grant Jackson, Barry Lersch, Dick Selma and Billy Wilson couldn't hold the lead and the Padres would win, 11-8. Selma took the brunt of it, giving up four runs in 1 1/3 innings over the eighth and ninth.
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