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Heading into Wednesday evening, the Blue Jays were looking to wrap up their mini series with the Philadelphia Phillies on a winning note. Things started off poorly as the Phillies would score four runs in the first three innings. The Jays would then get on the board with two of their own with help from Edwin Encarnacion and Pennington in the top of the 5th. Encarnacion’s blast to left field would continue his hit streak to 16 games as he looks to catch up to Chris Colabello who reached 18 earlier this year.
Colabello would then pinch hit for Buehrle who would be replaced by Bo Shultz to start the 6th inning. Colabello however would end up striking out which didn’t seem to please the manaylst Greg Zaun. Zaun said in the post-game talk said that he would have liked to see Colabello pinch-hit later in the game, as he is one of the best pinch hitters on the team. He would then speak on how as a manager, you don’t know if you’d get that chance later in that game.
The Jays would score a pair of runs in the top of the eight, but that’s all they would get, as they would fall in the finale 7-4. In Buehrle’s post-game interview, he said tonight was a frustrating night. In his shortest outing of the season, he spoke on his pitching tonight was due to bad luck.
“It was one of those bad starts. This games frustrating. You may have your best stuff and you don’t come out as good and other times where you don’t feel like you pitch that good and your stuff’s not that good and you come out with a win, so it’s frustrating.”
Turning to Gibbons, when asked if he would give Russell Martin some extra days off due to the obvious fact he’s been battling with hamstring tightness, his reply was no. Gibbons stated; “Why would I?” When a reporter said it was due to the fact that he can barely move, Gibbons said he thinks he’s fine. “He’s not complaining about it.”
The Jays will have an off day Thursday as they fly into Anaheim to face off against the Angels starting Friday night. They currently stand 3 games back of the Angels; however, the Angels may gain ground with a win tonight when they face the White Sox and in tomorrow’s finale before seeing the Blue Jays. Price will take the mound, as he will be countered by Hector Santiago.