The Toronto Blue Jays series against the Philadelphia Phillies was a three-game series at TD Bank Park in Dunedin, Florida, one of the final series to be held at TD Bank Park as Toronto prepares to move into Sahlen Field in Buffalo. The Blue Jays entered their series versus the Phillies four games over .500 as they held a record of 20-16.
Blue Jays Series: Game One
The Blue Jays looking to extend their win streak to four games got prepared to host the Philadelphia Phillies in one of their last homestands in Dunedin, Florida. Toronto sent left-handed pitcher Steven Matz to the mound to start the first game of the three-game series against Philadelphia. The Blue Jays left-hander was looking to continue his strong 2021 MLB season, he did exactly that as he pitched five scoreless innings, he only allowed four hits in his five innings of work against Philadelphia.
Toronto would take the lead in the sixth inning as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a solo home run to give Toronto a 1-0 lead. The lead wouldn’t last as Toronto gave up five runs in the seventh inning and would never recover. The loss evidently snapped the Blue Jays’ three-game winning streak, Toronto heads into game two looking to get back in the win column and give themselves a chance to still win the series.
Game Two: Blue Jays Shutout Phillies
The Blue Jays series against the Philadelphia Phillies continued on Saturday night as Toronto looked to even the series and give themselves a chance to take the series in the rubber match. Toronto sent Anthony Kay to the mound to start the second game of three and he leads a pitching staff that would not surrender a run to the Phillies. Anthony pitched four innings in game two, he gave up one hit, no runs, and had six strikeouts.
Toronto would take the lead early as they scored one run in the first and then added two more in the third inning. The Blue Jays would add another run in the eighth inning on route to completing the shutout against the Phillies. The Blue Jays get back in the win column and have a chance to secure the series win in the rubber match on Sunday afternoon at TD Bank Park.
Game Three: Ray and the Offense Take Over
The Blue Jays series finale against the Philadelphia Phillies was a Sunday afternoon matinee and both teams looking to take the series win after splitting the first two games. The Toronto Blue Jays sent right-handed pitcher Robbie Ray to the mound as their starter, Ray has been pitched well in his last few outings and continued to do so with another strong outing in the series finale. Robbie Ray entered this game looking to build off his last start where he tallied 10 strikeouts, the first Blue Jays pitcher to record double-digit strikeouts since 2019, and not to mention his streak without issuing a walk which began back in April.
Robbie Ray the Blue Jays right-hander pitched four scoreless innings in this game, he nearly hit double-digit strikeouts again as he recorded nine against the Phillies in five and two-thirds innings on Sunday afternoon. It wasn’t the way he would have wanted his day to end as the next inning he allowed three runs to score and then one more in the fifth inning before he was taken out. Ray allowed four runs on seven hits, however, the Blue Jays offense provided a big lead early as they put up eight runs in the first three innings.
The Blue Jays would allow the Phillies to claw back and make it a close ball game but Toronto would hold on and secure the victory and the clinch the series win against Philadelphia. The Blue Jays have once again won two games in a row and now sit five games above .500 as they have a 22-17 record.
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