Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Recap: Phillies falter in ninth, settle for tie with Blue Jays


By PATRICK GORDON | Managing Editor
March 2, 2016, 4:25 P.M. EST.
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DUNEDIN, Fla. - Reinier Roibal uncorked a wild pitch with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, allowing the Blue Jays to draw even with the Phillies in a 4-4 tie in Dunedin on Wednesday afternoon.

On the mound
David Buchanan started for the Phillies, tossing two shutout innings while allowing one hit. Brett Oberholtzer also pitched well, throwing a pair of shutout innings while striking out two.

Vincent Velasquez surrendered three hits and a pair of runs over two innings, though he did notch three strikeouts.

At the plate
Aaron Altherr crushed a solo-shot to left in the fourth, pushing the Phillies lead to 2-0.

Roman Quinn and Maikel Franco each chipped in with a hit. Quinn also showcased his speed on the basepaths, swiping second base in the third inning after reaching on a single to right.

Darin Ruf finished 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts.

Nice to see
Quinn, J.P. Crawford, and Franco sat atop the first three spots in the Phillies lineup. It may not happen many times this year, but that's certainly a potential look at the top portion of the 2017 lineup.

Up next for the Phillies
The Phillies are a split squad on Thursday. RHP Jake Thompson will start against the Astros in Clearwater while LHP Adam Morgan will start against the Yankees on the road in Tampa.

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