The Toronto Blue Jays split their squad, playing two games on Tuesday, beating the Philadelphia Phillies in a 13-6 in Clearwater but losing to the Yankees 4-1 at home at TD Ballpark.
Four Blue Jays hit home runs in Clearwater on their way to a 4-1 win. Rowdy Tellez went deep and also flashed the leather, making a diving catch and went 2/3 with a double and four RBI. Kevin Smith went deep with a two-run home run and three RBI, going 1/2 and Reggie Pruitt showed off a big leg kick, going 2/2 with two RBI including on a home run while also hitting a triple. Billy McKinney also hit a home run and a double, going 3/4 in the leadoff spot, driving in one and scoring twice. Otto Lopez was 2/3 with two doubles and two runs while Brock Lundquist (1/2, RBI, R) hit a double and Forrest Wall (1/3, R) hit a triple. Patrick Cantwell was 1/1 with a walk, an RBI and a run while Caleb Joseph was 1/3. Kacy Clemens was 1/2 with a run while Danny Jansen was 1/2 with a walk and a run.
On the mound, Chase Anderson got the start, giving up two runs (one earned) on two hits with a walk and a strikeout over two innings and T.J. Zeuch threw two scoreless innings, walking one and striking out one, getting four groundouts and just one fly out. Jordan Romano struck out two in the fifth while Brian Moran threw a scoreless sixth. Jake Petricka allowed four runs in the seventh, giving up three hits including a home run and a walk. Hobie Harris got into the action, striking out two in the eighth and Andrew Sopko struck out one in the ninth.
In the other game, the Jays were at home against the Yankees and got off to a great start when Nate Pearson struck out the first three batters he faced. Julian Merryweather followed, striking out the first two batters he faced before giving up a double and a single to allow a run in his inning. Patrick Murphy struck out two in the third and A.J. Cole pitched around a walk and a hit. Yennsy Diaz struck out three in two very effective innings and Phillippe Aumont struck out five batters in two innings but got tagged for three runs on two hits and a walk to take the loss. Jackson McClelland finished it off, striking out two batters, allowing a hit in the ninth.
Offensively, the Blue Jays had just four hits including two from Santiago Espinal. Espinal hit a solo home run, accounting for all of the scoring for the Jays, going 2/2. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was 1/2 and Griffin Conine had the club’s other hit, going 1/2 coming into left field for Derek Fisher.
The Blue Jays have one game on the schedule for Wednesday, hosting the Detroit Tigers with Trent Thornton slated to take the mound.
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