Way to hit 257 homers last season and save none for Spring Training this year, guys. The Jays scored their first run of the spring this afternoon to little avail, with it coming in seventh inning of a game they lost 6-3 to the Phillies. After a pair of shutout losses against the Tigers over the weekend, Toronto now sits a meaningless 0-3 in exhibition play.
Jo-Jo Reyes and Joel Carreno — a guy I don’t figure to have a big impact and another I’ve never even heard of — gave up all six Philly runs in the first four innings. On the opposide side, Roy Halladay got the ball against his former team, tossing an unimpressive two shutout innings and giving up an unheard of two hits and a walk. Hey, if we can get hits off that guy, we’ll be fine when we face the Bartolo Colons and Josh Becketts that head up AL East rotations.
Toronto equalled its mark from the first two games combined with eight hits, getting a double from Mike McCoy, triple from Eric Thames and a sac fly from Anthony Gose to score runs. Placido Polanco had a pair of hits and drove home two runs for the Phillies.
The Jays are back in Lakeland tomorrow to face the Tigers for a third time, with Ricky Romero scheduled to start and go three innings. Zach Stewart is also set to go a pair, with David Purcey also slated to see some action in relief.