Jays Ride the Long Ball, Blast Phillies

Jenn Connor
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The Toronto Blue Jays launched four homeruns, part of a sixteen-hit barrage en route to a 13-6 win over a Philadelphia Phillies split squad in Grapefruit League action on Tuesday.  


The Jays jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, the big blow a three-run homer by Jays first baseman Rowdy Tellez off Phillies starter Jake Arrieta. The Jays slugger golfed a 2-1 curveball from Arrieta over the right field fence, scoring Billy McKinney and Danny Jansen ahead of him.


The Phillies got one back in the bottom of the first off Jays starter Chase Anderson. Adam Haseley and catcher J.T. Realmuto hit back-to-back doubles, Haseley scoring on a sacrifice fly by outfielder Bryce Harper.   


Anderson the former Milwaukee Brewer, worked two innings, giving up just the first inning damage, striking out one. 


The Blue Jays erupted for three more runs in the sixth inning, on the back of a two-run homer by third baseman Kevin Smith and a mammoth solo shot by McKinney that cleared the batter’s eye in center field.  


Down 8-2 after six and a half innings, the Phillies got four runs back on one swing, a grand slam by outfielder Jhailyn Ortiz off Blue Jays reliever Jake Petricka. The Jays responded, sending eight men to the plate in a five-run ninth inning. Reggie Pruitt hit a two-run homer, Toronto’s fourth of the day.  


Anderson got the win for Toronto, with Arrieta taking the loss for Philadelphia. The Jays, 3-1 in the spring, take on the Detroit Tigers tomorrow.