Phillies Stay Hot Against the Blue Jays

The Philadelphia Phillies stay hot as they pounded the Toronto Blue Jays 10-1 for their seventh win in a row and 11th straight home win. The second longest winning streak in Citizens Bank Park history behind a 12-game run in 2010. Getting hot is Bryce Harper, who homered for the third time in as many games. This one was a grand slam in the fourth inning, which broke the game open. Kody Clemens joined Harper by driving in four runs. Starting pitcher Cristopher Sanchez was solid in seven innings of work.

Bryce Doing Bryce Things

In this five-game homestand, Harper is 7-for-15 with three home runs, 10 RBI, six walks, and seven runs scored. After the completion of the Phils’ 10-game road trip, he was batting .233 with an OPS of .806. In the win over the Jays, he extended his on-base streak to 18 games. Harper went 3-for-3 while getting on-base in all four of his plate appearances. He scored twice and knocked in four. His average is .263, while his OPS is now .923.

With two outs in the first inning, Harper, in an eight-pitch at-bat, singled the opposite way. The Phils lineup had a different look because of injuries and player rest. Nick Castellanos was one of the Phils in a different spot in the batting order. The right fielder was hitting in the cleanup spot, and that’s exactly what he did. His double down the left-field line scored Harper. It was the fifth straight plate appearance that Castellanos reached base.

Kody Clemens

There was more two-out magic in the second inning. Clemens – who was playing third base and making his first start since being recalled from Lehigh Valley to take Trea Turner’s roster spot – drilled a no-doubt-about-it homer to the seats in right, Bryson Stott, who had walked, scored ahead of him.

“The clubhouse we have is second to none,” said Clemens, who homered in his only other start of the season on April 22 when Harper was on paternity leave. He’s 4-for-8 in the two starts with seven RBI. “To come up, produce, and help the team win feels really good.”

“You look at a lot of the good teams in the league, and they have depth,” said Harper. “I think [Dave] Dombrowski has done a great job rounding out our roster and making sure we have those pieces in the minor leagues that can come up at any point and help us win.”

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Pitching Is the Difference

In the Blue Jays third, the first two men reached but Sanchez worked out of the jam by getting George Springer ground into a double play. It was the only time that Toronto would seriously threaten until they tailed a single run in the seventh.

In the fourth, Blue Jays’ starting pitcher Jose Berrios seemed to lose it – he hit two batters and issued a pair of walks. After Edmundo Sosa was hit by a pitch, Clemens scorched another ball that was just out of the reach of Jays’ center fielder Kevin Kiermaier, the ball rolled to the wall and Clemens had a triple. Barrios loaded the bases, then with two outs (again), Harper got just enough of a pitch to clear the right field wall for his eighth career grand slam.

“He’s having a great year,” said Harper about Berrios, who had given up only seven runs in his first seven starts of the season, “that slider is his pitch. We tried to stay on stuff that wasn’t coming into us or going away from us. I thought we had a really good plan.”

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Turnbull Out of the Pen?

Making just the second relief appearance of his career, Spencer Turnbull pitched the final two innings. The only damage was when the pitch communicator malfunctioned, and Turnbull threw a fastball when Garrett Stubbs was expecting a breaking ball. The catcher was struck by the ball and laid on the ground for a few minutes before finishing the game.

“It’s definitely going to take a few tries,” said Turnbull, whose only other game in relief was his Major League debut on September 14, 2018, “to figure out what works and what doesn’t as far as getting ready.”

The Phils finish the homestand on Wednesday afternoon,

Rock Hoffman
Rock Hoffman

Rock Hoffman has been covering sports in the Philadelphia region for over 30 years. He’s been the co-host of a radio show – SportsPage – on the Delaware Valley Radio Network (WRDV.org) in the time. He’s reported on games involving all the Philadelphia teams at the profession and collegiate levels. During his career he’s provided coverage for a Super Bowl, an All-Star Game, NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament games as well NFL, MLB and NHL playoff games. Additionally, he’s the College Football Editor for Football Stories Magazine (FootballStories.com).

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