Phillies Power Past Blue Jays

Jenn Connor
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Thursday, March 5, 2020

Jays Reliever Shun Yamaguchi Struggles in Defeat

The Philadelphia Phillies hit four home runs -- three off Toronto reliever Shun Yamaguchi -- en route to a 5-3 victory over the Blue Jays in Grapefruit League action Thursday. 


The Blue Jays jumped on Phillies starter Zack Wheeler for two runs in the first inning, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Cavan Biggio scoring on back to back rbi singles by dh Travis Shaw and outfielder Randal Grichuk. 


The Phillies got one back in their half of the first, outfielder Roman Quinn taking Jays starter Tanner Roark deep to right field. 


The Phillies tied the game in the bottom of the fourth, dh Rhys Hoskins leading off the inning with a home run off Yamaguchi, who came on in relief of Roark in the third inning. Neil Walker doubled with two out but Yamaguchi escaped further damage, third basemen Alec Bohm grounding out to Jays first baseman Andy Burns to end the inning. 


Yamaguchi came out for a third inning of work and was greeted by a lead-off homer from Phillies first baseman Austin Listi. Things then went from bad to worse for the Jays reliever.  After Christian Bethancourt struck out, Quinn walked, stole second and scored on a mammoth two-run homer by outfielder Bryce Harper, giving the Phillies a 5-2 lead. Hoskins followed with a double that mercifully brought Yamaguchi’s outing to an end. Ty Tice relieved and after walking Scott Kingery and hitting Neil Walker to load the bases, managed to get Bohm to ground out into a force play to end the inning. 


The Jays joined the homerun barrage in the top of the sixth on Guerrero Jr.’s second of the spring, a solo shot cutting the Phils lead to 5-3. That was as close as Toronto could get however, a trio of Phillies relievers holding the Jays hitless the rest of the way. The Blue Jays late inning relievers were equally effective, Thomas Pannone, Thomas Hatch and Justin Miller combining to throw three shutout innings allowing just one hit. 


Roark worked two innings, giving up just the solo homer to Quinn on two hits. He walked two and struck out two.  Yamaguchi took the loss giving up four runs on five hits including three home runs in just two and a third innings.  Phillies reliever Cole Irvin threw two shutout innings to earn the victory.  


The Blue Jays, 6-4 in the Spring, host the 2-11 Pittsburgh Pirates tomorrow in Dunedin. First pitch 1:07 pm.