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Jays Shut Out Phils 10-0 behind Buehrle, Nine-Run Inning

The Phillies were shut out for the second time in three games Wednesday, as they managed just three hits against a Toronto team that stole the show with a nine-run seventh en-route to a 10-0 victory. The Phillies have lost all three games against Toronto in this home-home four-game set.

Jays’ Bats Come Alive in Seventh

Cliff Lee surrendered just two hits through the first six innings, but in the seventh, it was like a switch was flipped. Edwin Encarnacion led off with a long triple to center field, and Erik Kratz homered on the next pitch Lee threw, to extend the Jays’ lead to 3-0. Dioner Navarro singled, then Lee gave up another bomb, this time to Juan Francisco. In ten pitches, the Blue Jays scored four runs.

The bleeding did not stop there, in fact the wound was opened further. Lee came out of the game after allowing a one-out double to Steve Tolleson, and the bullpen didn’t fare any better. Mario Hollands came into the game, only to throw two wild pitches and allow a walk, which let another run across the plate. Then it was Shawn Camp’s turn. Camp, who only had two outings this season coming into the night, promptly allowed a single to Jose Bautista before surrendering the third home run of the inning, this one to Encarnacion.

Nine runs before getting two outs in the seventh. Is there anything more to say?

Offense Continues to be Nonexistent

Take away the five-run inning in Tuesday’s game, and you are looking at a team that has otherwise scored just one total run in their last 37 innings, dating back to the late innings of the middle game of the Washington series. One run. Aside from that inning, Tuesday, the last time the Phillies scored was in the first inning of their 1-0 win in the finale against the Nats.

Wednesday against Toronto was perhaps the worst performance of all in those four games. They managed only three hits—a double in the second, single in the third, and single in the seventh—off Mark Buehrle, who was attacking them with Jamie Moyer-esque low 80s fastball, and a terrible Blue Jays’ bullpen. Players not named Marlon Byrd combined for just one hit in the game. They were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

Up Next

A.J. Burnett will be tasked with salvaging the final game of this four-game, home-and-home set with Toronto. Otherwise, the Phillies will fall to three games under the break-even point. He will be opposed by knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, who has handled the Phillies well in his career, posting a 2.90 ERA in nine career starts. Game time is 7:05 p.m.



  1. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    May 7, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    I am not sure there are words to describe how excruciatingly painful and soul-sucking that game was.

  2. Bart Shart

    May 7, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    It is getting harder and harder to watch this team, STINK is a good word for them right now.

  3. DavidE

    May 7, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    I would bring up Reid Brignac to replace Jayson Nix. Nix has proven he can’t hit. What does the team have to lose by going to Brignac? Maybe Brignac won’t be a star but maybe he will be a decent utility man. They should also bring up Cesar Hernandez who is hitting .353 at Double A Reading if Galvis doesn’t get out of his atrocious hitting and bad defense funk. I like that he isn’t sulking about not being in the big leagues. Maybe they should consider bringing up Hernandez to replace Mayberry if John doesn’t turn it around soon.

    Cam Perkins on Double A Reading has a .410 OBP and a .540 slugging percentage. If we don’t start getting more offense from the outfielders other than Marlon Byrd, maybe he needs to get the call.

    • schmenkman

      May 7, 2014 at 11:14 pm

      A player doesn’t “prove” he can’t hit in a month, after hitting for three years. Having said that, while Brignac is a worse hitter overall, there’s a chance he could get in a hot streak when called up (just like there’s a chance, maybe a bigger chance) that Nix could get in a hot streak.

      • Hogey's Role

        May 8, 2014 at 7:06 am

        I wouldn’t call what Mayberry and nix have done over the last three years hitting

      • Chuck A.

        May 8, 2014 at 7:18 am

        Well…whether it’s Nix or Brignac or Mayberry or Galvis it really doesn’t matter much. Cause if THAT’S who we’re counting on to make up our bench then we’re pretty much screwed anyway.

        One thing is for certain and and that’s that Cody Asche needs to play every day. Period. Same with Dom Brown. These guys are young and absolutely need the regular playing time in order for 1) the Phillies to actually see what they have and/or 2) for the two players themselves to figure develop and grow. I don’t care at this point if they lose 100 games (cause we’re probably not going anywhere anyway) just so long as these two guys play.

      • wbramh

        May 8, 2014 at 8:13 am

        MLB Lifetime Achievement:
        BA OBP SLG OPS
        Mayberry: 243 .304 .427 .731
        Nix: . .217 .288 .354 .642
        Galvis: .214 .253 .346 .599

        Neither Nix nor Galvis can claim bragging rights with those numbers but at least Freddy can field and is still young. At 31 and with 7 years in MLB, I just don’t see the purpose in having a Jayson Nix-type player on the bench. The oft-criticized JMJ comes off looking like Ted Williams compared to those other two guys.
        But really, if a bench player can’t hit (his main purpose for existing) why are those two players on the team?
        Here we go again with McDonald, Wells & Bernadina – only with different names this year.
        At least Mini-Mart was amusing in his ineptitude.

      • schmenkman

        May 8, 2014 at 11:10 am

        The reason that Nix is on the team, and getting ample playing time against lefties is that in addition to being a competent fielder at both third and short, he has hit lefties more than adequately (for a middle infielder) over the past three years:

        In 252 PAs vs. LHPs: .262/.346/.393 (.739 OPS)

      • c. schreiber

        May 8, 2014 at 8:56 pm

        Schmenk here you go again with that “last three years” crap with Nix. If I remember correctly you were defending “MiniMart” early last year. Whats up with you and these nonhitting infielders? Was that your rep back in your little league days?

      • schmenkman

        May 8, 2014 at 9:26 pm

        Yes — the last three years and 250+ plate appearances are way way more meaningful than one month and 40 PAs. Come on c schreiber — that hitters have streaks and ups and downs can’t be a new concept.

  4. bacardipr

    May 8, 2014 at 2:59 am

    They let the close games escape them. Then they have horrible games like this. They have to better capitalize on games like the one on Tuesday. If not they wont go anywhere. Just a bad bad game all around.

  5. "Big Ed" Delahanty

    May 8, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Maybe they should move Bryd to center? Revere has no arm for the position and takes more flight patterns than the FAA to get to a ball. he’s lost out there.

    This team is not going anywhere unless the bullpen and bench get fixed…Unfortunately, Rube has built such a f@ckin@ mess that I do not even know how to fix it. (Sigh).

  6. bacardipr

    May 8, 2014 at 7:17 am

    I thought of that to moving Byrd. Just wonder if he will hold up and is he still quick enough for CF. He looks a little slow on the basepaths anymore.

  7. wbramh

    May 8, 2014 at 7:29 am

    What’s all this fuss about the Phil’s bench?
    Galvis, Nix and Mayberry are hitting .352.
    That’s high enough to win the NL batting championsh…
    Oh… combined?
    Never mind.

    • schmenkman

      May 8, 2014 at 7:48 am

      The Cardinals’ bench, for giggles, among those that are worse than the Phils’ bench:

      Bourjos: .179/.258/.268 (.526 OPS)
      M.Ellis: .186/.250/.209 (.459)
      Descalso: .139/.184/.194 (.379)
      S.Robinson: .100/.217/.100 (.317)
      T.Cruz: .333/.474/.400 (.874)
      R.Grichuk: .176/.222/.353 (.575)

      • wbramh

        May 8, 2014 at 9:26 am

        Rather than examine their contributions to date in this young season, let’s just compare the career stats among 3 frequently used subs on each team.
        Here are their career numbers:

        Bourjos: .250/.305/.395 .700 OPS
        Ellis: .265/.329/.388 .717
        Descalso:.276/.347/.406 .753

        Mayberry: 243/.304 /.427 .731
        Nix: . .217/.288 /354 .642
        Galvis: .214/.253/.346 .599

        Looking just at WAR from 2012 through this May, the 3 Phillies players have a combined WAR of zero while the 3 Cardinals players during the same period have a combined WAR of 6.8. Career wise, Bourjos in just 4 years and 2 months has a total WAR of 8.8 compared a WAR of 4 for all 3 Phillies’ players combined – and over 15 seasons and 2 months. Ellis owns a career WAR of 33.4 over 15 years and 2 months, and while his WAR numbers have been down these last 3 years, they’re still higher than the combined WAR of all 3 Phillies’ players over the same period.

        Of course, the Phillies have problems beyond the bench and each area of weakness exacerbates the larger problem.

      • Scotty Ingerton

        May 8, 2014 at 10:59 am

        Amazing, Schmenkman! A guy who preaches against using small sample sizes proceeds to present numbers based on small sample sizes. Wow.

      • schmenkman

        May 8, 2014 at 11:04 am

        The discussion was about how bad the Phillies bench has been this year. Wbrah rightly provides good info that shows the Cardinals bench is more likely to overcome their early struggles.

        Using small samples to predict what will happen is dumb. Using small samples to describe what has happened is just that — describing what has happened.

        I don’t get the incredulity here.

  8. wbramh

    May 8, 2014 at 7:38 am

    Revere’s outfield escapades remind me of the old joke about the transoceanic airline pilot who gets on the PA system with good news and bad news:

    “The bad news is that our navigation computer is down and we’re hopelessly lost somewhere over the Pacific Ocean.
    But the good news is, we’re making terrific time.”

    And so it goes with Ben.

  9. lefty

    May 8, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Big Ed, IMO- This team was going nowhere to begin with. Honestly, I don’t believe the starting position players are good enough either. Utley for instance was playing at a ridiculous level carrying the team for a while and is now hitting .174/.240/.174 in the last seven games. Of course a better bench and bullpen would help but I just don’t see this team as a contender if that is what you meant.

    • George

      May 8, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      Seven games is a tiny sample size for an everyday player. Just because he’s not hitting like he was in the first month doesn’t mean much. Even Ted Williams couldn’t maintain that kind of performance for a full season.

      Utley has always been a little bit streaky. He’s the least of the team’s problems.

      You may be right about the others, although Byrd has been as good as anyone could reasonably hope for.

      • Hogey's Role

        May 8, 2014 at 2:20 pm

        I will say that Byrd has outplayed my expectations for him so far, however I will wait til the end of the season to completely eat all my words, so far I am very impressed with what Byrd has done

      • lefty

        May 8, 2014 at 4:56 pm

        George I think you misunderstood my point. While it’s true that the bench and bullpen stink, the regulars are not playing well either. Fixing the bench wont help the lineup if the lineup is not hitting either. I used Utley’s last week because it included approximately the same amount of AB’s as Galvis or Nix have and he isn’t hitting much better than them, but there are several players you can point to. I was just too damn lazy to look them up.

  10. LouA

    May 8, 2014 at 9:36 am

    the whole piece lays with this so-called GM we have calling the shots. Ryne keeps switching line-ups and using Nix and whatever in left. 3rd base and LF have to play steady or will never come to life.
    1st to go is RAJ but the higher echelon can’t see it or refuse to see it.
    He can’t “F’ ” up the team anymore than he’s already done. Or can he??
    People going to these games are gluttons for punishment.
    Keep it empty and they will come, meaning the owners. Maybe…….

    • betasigmadeltashag

      May 8, 2014 at 11:46 am

      Isn’t that the definition of bad wagon fan. For the last two years all I’ve heard is let the guys play. No the pen is full of young arms. Galvis and Asche are getting some play time. Two of 3 outfield positions filled by young guys. And because they go through up and downs don’t look great don’t oh to the park.

  11. Bob

    May 8, 2014 at 9:46 am

    The “P” on the Phillies cap stands for either Putrid or Pathetic. Take your pick.

  12. bacardipr

    May 8, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Is to my estimation that Nix or Galvis will be gone once Cesar has enough reps at the minor league level. Unfortunately he has a ton of errors at 3rd and not enough games at SS.

  13. Andrew from Waldorf

    May 8, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    This is just a very very bad team.

    Poorly constructed and doomed from the beginning because of Amaros complete ineptitude

    The worst part is they are so tedious and boring to watch. No wonder no one is going to games. I was mainly watching the Wizards last night and I pay to watch the Phillies. .

    The kicker is the division is horrible.

    If the Phillies had employed a legitimate GM for just the last 12-18 months they could have walked away with the division. But they didn’t bother with that.

    And he still has his job.

    Amazing stuff

    • schmenkman

      May 8, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      “The kicker is the division is horrible.”

      I don’t think this is what you mean. The division is actually the best in the NL so far. What you mean, IMO, is that there isn’t a very strong team in the division, and therefore the division is there for the taking by a very good team.

      “…they could have walked away with the division.”

      I think given the constraints he was operating under (many the result of previous moves), the past off-season was actually pretty good.

      What kind of moves over “the last 12-18 months” would have put the Phillies in a position to “walk away with the division”?

    • c. schreiber

      May 8, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      Amen, Andrew!!

  14. Ken Bland

    May 8, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Nice work by Uncle Selig on his way out the door with this interleague dosage to a can’t get enough beat. Looks like the Phils now have an 8-18 record in games against the other circuit since Houston evened the leagues. Well, quantity wise. Not good. Forget Houston 4, Detroit 2, T8. That has to be a mirage.

    And as if last night (not to mention the nightS before wasn’t enough to demotivate watching tonight’s series wrap V The Jays, the list of counter programming tonight is deep. Amazingly, the Phils are MLB Net’s backup game, giving way to the O’s and Ray’s, but CBS Sports Network may have the sleeper choice for those not opting for the draft, or NBA playoff action. The Piggies play at Charlotte in their weekly MILB game. One way or another, I reckon Galvis and Nix are destined to be on tele tonight, Brad Lincoln gets the start.

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