Morning Phil Up – 5/6/2014 – An un-Happ-y night for the Phillies
By Mike Lacy
May 5 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd (3) reacts after being tagged out in the sixth inning at home against the Toronto Blue Jays at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Blue Jays defeat Phillies 3-0
Emotional reaction immediately after the game
They were shut out by the lousy Blue Jays pitching staff?
Less emotional reaction after thinking about it a bit
I guess this is what happens when you have John Mayberry, Jayson Nix, and Freddy Galvis in the lineup.
J.A. Happ looked great in his first start of the season, while Jose Reyes’ leadoff homer was all the offense the Blue Jays would need.
The entire Phillies offense stalled, but Ryan Howard was conspicuous in his inability to get runners home. Freddy Galvis continues to be an offensive black hole.
Toronto Blue Jays (15-17) at Philadelphia Phillies (15-15)
Cole Hamels. Image Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Game time: 7:05 PM
Starting pitchers: Drew Hutchison (1-2) vs. Cole Hamels (0-2)
Cole Hamels has recovered from his bout with the flu and is ready to take the mound. He was originally scheduled to start on Sunday, but as it turned out, his illness may have been a blessing in disguise. Hamels had an especially poor outing in his last start, and he’s hoping to bounce back.
He’ll be opposed by Drew Hutchison. The young righty has been solid this season, although he he has only pitched past the sixth inning once. That should leave a lot of outs for a bullpen that – despite what happened last night – has not been especially good this season.
Link of Interest
Phillies Team Site – Ruiz’s versatility gives Sandberg options
Carlos Ruiz has been a productive hitter for the Phillies, but perhaps even more importantly, he’s been a versatile hitter. Ryne Sandberg can feel comfortable batting Ruiz just about anywhere in the lineup. Thus far, he’s batted everywhere but first, eighth, and ninth.
Tweet of Importance
Hopefully they can manage to score a few tonight.