By Kayla Solomon
Every pitcher dreams of a win their first time on a major league mound. For Zach Eflin, he got the total opposite, allowing nine runs in the 11-3 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Toronto third baseman Josh Donaldson led the charge with a third-inning grand slam. He finished the game with three hits and 5 RBI’s. First baseman Edwin Encarnacion and right fielder Ezequiel Carrera had two RBI’s each. In total, the Jays put 14 hits on the board while pitcher Marcus Stroman held the Phillies to only six hits in seven innings.
The Phillies’ bats were relatively quiet as they scored three runs in 32 at-bats. Second baseman Cesar Hernandez hit his second homerun of the season, a solo shot in the seventh inning.
This loss brings the Phillies to 30-35 on the season (4th in the NL East) while the Blue Jays remain close to Baltimore in the AL East with their 36-31 record.
The series continues tomorrow night as the Phillies look to bounce back and the Blue Jays try to keep this afternoon’s momentum going.