The Blue Jays are showing that they have a little wag left in their tail during these dog days of the baseball season.
The Jays defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 4-2 in Interleague play at the Rogers Centre on Friday night, their fourth win a row.
DH Kendrys Morales and rookie outfielder Billy McKinney hit home runs for the Jays, both off Philly starter Jake Arrieta. Morales hit his 19th home run of the season, an opposite field job over the wall in left centre, in the second inning, his fifth home run in as many games, tying Jose Bautista for second all time. Jose Cruz Jr holds the franchise record at six straight games in 2001.
McKinney’s blast to deep centre in the third, scored two runs and was his second of the season. He hit his first career home on Tuesday at the Rogers Centre against Baltimore. McKinney got on base all three times.
After a rough first inning, where he gave up a run on two hits and a walk, Toronto rookie starter Ryan Borucki settled down, shutting the Phillies down until the seventh inning when Scott Kingery hit a solo home run over the wall in right to make the score 4-2 Toronto. Borucki gave up two runs over 6.1 innings, on seven hits. He walked one and struck out five. It was a good bounce-back outing for the 24-year-old lefty who was pulled after 0.2 innings in New York last Sunday after giving up six runs.
“It’s all location with him,” said manager John Gibbons of Borucki. “But I got to give a lot of credit to Russ (Martin) too. He’s got that calming effect (behind the plate), and he’ll steal you strikes, he’s got that knack of calling the right pitch at the right time. I’ve seen him do with young guys here since he arrived. Makes them throw certain pitches at a certain time. And that builds confidence.”
Kevin Pillar made a nice throw from centre field to gun down Kingery at home plate in the second inning on a Roman Quinn base hit up the middle. Martin made the tag on the one-bouncer to home.
Second baseman Cesar Hernandez had three hits for Philly.
Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies