Phillies shut down by Blue Jays

The Blue Jays jumped ahead, literally, after the third pitch of the game and the Phillies were unable to make up their lost ground.

Ryan Howard went 0-for-4 against the Blue Jays Monday night, lowering his batting average to .239. Credit: Getty Images Ryan Howard went 0-for-4 against the Blue Jays Monday night, lowering his batting average to .239. Credit: Getty Images

 

Sometimes, momentum can dictate an entire baseball game.

 

The Blue Jays jumped ahead, literally, after the third pitch of the game and the Phillies were unable to make up their lost ground, faltering 3-0 to Toronto Monday night.

 

 

Former Phillie lefty J.A. Happ and four other pitchers combined to shut out the Phillies and limit them to just seven hits.

"On the offensive side we couldn't get anything going off of Happ," Phillies Manager Ryne Sandberg said. "We stranded 11 guys, had seven hits an five walks to work with. We couldn't get the big hit."

Jose Reyes struck against his old NL East foes quickly, with his 19th career leadoff homer to give the Blue Jays an immediate 1-0 advantage.

A bloop single by Juan Francisco with two outs drove in a second run, the pop up seemingly headed into foul territory but landing just in front of outfielder John Mayberry and a few inches fair.

The Blue Jays kept it going an inning later when they struck Kyle Kendrick for a run on back-to-back hits fro Colby Rasmus and Josh Thole to up the lead to 3-0.

The Phillies are fresh off a 1-0 shutout win against the Nationals, and though they won that game, the offense still looks lackluster.

Twice the Phillies had multiple men on with two out, but unfortunately both situations occurred with Kyle Kendrick coming up to the plate. And as a result, runners were stranded each time. In total, Philadelphia stranded 11 men.

Then in the sixth Marlon Byrd blasted a lead off triple to centerfield and the Phillies looked poised to post some runs. But he was tagged out at the plate when Ryan Howard flied out. A Carlos Ruiz a batter later would have scored Byrd, but it was too late, as Domonic Brown flied out to end the inning.

"That was a perfect throw [by Jose Bautista]," Sandberg said on the play at home, which seemed to really throw down the Phillies' attack. "He made a real nice slide there but he was a foot or two out with a perfect throw."

The Blue Jays almost piled on more offense with the bases loaded in the last of the sixth, but Kyle Kendrick got Edwin Encarnacion to ground into a huge double play to keep the Toronto lead at 3-0.

Kendrick went seven innings while allowing seven hits and keeping the Phillies in the game. He didn't allow a single run after his first two somewhat-shaky innings.

Utley stranded two speedsters on base in the bottom of the seventh, taking a called third strike with Ben Revere and Tony Gwynn Jr. on base and two out.

"It just didn't go our way, but we will come back again tomorrow," Revere said. "You have those games where you can't get that big hit."

 
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