On the field, Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca assisted in tossing out the ceremonial first pitch.
None of these acquisitions had the impact of Tulowitzki or Price, but all three players have added important depth to a surging Blue Jays ball club. “Or do not. There is no try”.
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On the other twisted hand, Toronto’s knuckleball knight R.A. Dickey, entering with a 4-0 record over his last five starts, wouldn’t have his floater operating at full capacity on this night.
Of course, the biggest losers in all this are the Twins and their fans. Overall, Morgan gave up five hits, walked none, and struck out three against baseball’s best offense. The Phils’ bats bashed Dickey around for 5 earned runs on 9 hits over just 4 innings.
And the 36-year-old did not get much defensive assistance.
Buehrle is holding opponents to a. 218 average in three starts during Toronto’s 16-3 stretch that began July 29 with a win over the Phillies (46-73). The Phillies acquired him from Minnesota in a trade in December 2012, and he hit.
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Philadelphia’s Darin Ruf singled to centre, scoring Herrera from second.
In the third, Nola and the strike zone parted company as walks to Donaldson, Encarnacion and Russell Martin loaded the bases with two out. He held the Blue Jays to two runs on five hits with three strikeouts over a career-high seven innings. Francoeur grounded into a double play, again saving Toronto from big trouble.
Earlier in the day, the Yankees continued their solid play, defeating the Baltimore Orioles 4-3 for their third straight win.
Manager John Gibbons would not come out and admit that anything less than a sweep against the lowly Phillies, who are in last place in the NL East and have lost six of the past 10 games and eight of 13 would be a disappointment but that’s the reality. It should be an intensive affair. 217 in 18 games for Toronto.
The Blue Jays finally exhibited some life against the Phillies in the top of the fifth when Edwin Encarnacion lifted a leadoff home run, his 23rd of the season, off starter Adam Morgan. Nolin just came off the disabled list in Triple-A, where he had a shoulder problem, but in 35.2 innings there for the year, the left-hander has a 2.52 ERA. Iwakuma (5-2) gave up a hit to Texas’ second batter, a single by Shin-Soo Choo.
Utley did a lot of winning with the Phillies, but didn’t contribute Wednesday even though he was in uniform and in the dugout. Rookie Travis Shaw went deep twice and Rusney Castillo belted a two-run homer before leaving with a foot injury.
The two jolts increased Donaldson’s home run total to 33 while the four RBIs upped his output to a league-high 91.