Saturday, July 2, 2011

Canada Loses to Phils

Here's how the Canadians see it.

Jays blow lead in ninth
Misplayed flyball leads to two-run inning for Phillies

Ryan Howard’s two-run single in the ninth inning gave the Philadelphia Phillies a 7-6 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in the opener of a three-game interleague series Friday.
At Toronto, the Blue Jays had taken a 6-5 lead in the seventh inning on Jose Bautista’s 25th homer of the season that scored two runs.
But Frank Francisco (1-4) walked Placido Polanco to open the ninth and Chase Utley sent Juan Rivera to the wall where the left-fielder misplayed the ball into a double.
Howard then singled both runners home to give the Phillies the lead.
It was Francisco’s fourth blown save in 13 chances this season.
Danys Baez (2-3) pitched the eighth to earn the victory. Antonio Bastardo pitched the ninth to pick up his fourth save.
A one-out double by Ben Francisco chased Frank Francisco and brought in Marc Rzepczynski, who finished the inning.
Eric Thames also homered against Philadelphia starter Kyle Kendrick, who gave up eight hits and six runs in seven innings.
Bautista’s homer with two out in the bottom of the seventh gave the Blue Jays (40-43) the lead after the Phillies (52-31) had gone ahead 5-4 l in the top of the inning.
Blue Jays starter Ricky Romero’s string of going at least seven innings in nine consecutive starts ended when he was lifted after a one-out single in the seventh. Romero allowed seven hits, four walks and four runs (three earned).
Blue Jays shortstop Yunel Escobar started Toronto’s two-run rally in the first when he was hit by a pitch on the left hand. He was removed from the game and Aaron Hill, who was not in the starting lineup, ran for him. Escobar was taken for X-rays and a CT scan, both of which were negative. He has a swollen hand and will be listed as day-to-day.
Bautista hit a one-out, ground-rule double to move Hill to third. After Adam Lind popped out, Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run double.
The Phillies got one back in the second on Shane Victorino’s single and Ben Francisco’s double.
Romero hit Utley with a pitch with one out in the third to set up the tying run. Hill booted Howard’s potential double-play grounder, and Victorino singled to score Utley.
The Blue Jays took the 4-2 lead into the fifth on Thames’ second career major-league home run, a drive off the facing of the third deck that followed Hill’s one-out second. The rookie outfielder hit his first homer on Tuesday against Pittsburgh.
The Phillies cut the lead to one in the sixth when Carlos Ruiz singled after Domonic Brown’s leadoff double. They took the lead in the seventh, started by Howard’s single that could have been scored an error on McDonald. As shortstop he had moved to the right side of the infield as part of the shift on the left-handed hitting Howard.
Jason Frasor replaced Romero and gave up Victorino’s game-tying triple before Ben Francisco’s sacrifice to left put Philadelphia ahead 5-4.
The Blue Jays regained the lead on Bautista’s homer that came after Hill singled off the glove of second baseman Utley with one out.

White Sox 6, Cubs 4: At Chicago, Alexei Ramirez hit a two-run homer, and the Chicago White Sox opened their weekend series against the crosstown Cubs with a victory.
Ramirez connected in the seventh and Juan Pierre added a two-run triple in the inning, turning a two-run deficit into a two-run lead and sending the White Sox to their third straight win.
The Cubs came up short again in their quest to win three straight after pulling out dramatic victories the previous two days against San Francisco. They remain the only team in the majors without a three-game winning streak. Just when it appeared they might get one, it slipped away.
They were leading 4-2 after Aramis Ramirez hit his 300th homer — a solo shot — in the sixth off Edwin Jackson (5-6), but the White Sox immediately responded in a big way against Randy Wells (1-3).
A.J. Pierzynski led off the seventh with a single, and Alexei Ramirez tied it with his eighth homer. The White Sox weren’t finished.
Alex Rios singled and Adam Dunn, batting for Jackson, walked with one out. Pierre, who has struggled this season but came in on a 9-for-19 run, made it 6-4 when he drove in both runners with a triple to the right-field corner, chasing Wells.
That gave Pierre five RBIs in two games. He also had the tiebreaking two-run single in the 10th inning in the White Sox’s win over Colorado on Thursday.
"I wish I had 25 Juan Pierres," said manager Ozzie Guillen, who has repeatedly defended him despite loud calls for Dayan Viciedo to take his roster spot.
The big rally gave Jackson his first win in five weeks. The right-hander wasn’t exactly dominant, allowing four runs and five hits in six innings, but he’ll take it after going 0-1 in his previous five starts.

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