Off-night for Stripling masked by Blue Jays offensive explosion in Philly
FiredUp Network Sports Writer
Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Final Score: 18-11
PHILADELPHIA – It isn’t too often you are able to say a baseball team outscored almost half of the NFL for a slate of games from the weekend.
Based on the opening line, if you haven’t figured out that a team may have in fact done that Tuesday night, well then it’s a good thing I’m going to tell you anyway.
The Toronto Blue Jays collected a whopping 21 hits in their series opener against the Philadelphia Phillies in the city of Brotherly Love Tuesday evening in a game that had a total of 29 plated runs as the birds bested the Phillies 18-11 to give themselves a little bit of breathing room in the AL Wild Card battle. Their 18 runs were more than 12 different NFL teams scored in their respective Week 2 matchups over the weekend.
Ross Stripling got the nod looking for his seventh straight quality start, but looked a little out of character for the NL matchup. Stripling went just four full innings allowing five runs on nine hits while sitting down just three. The performance was not one Blue Jays fans have become accustomed to for the reliable righty, but was okay given the Blue Jays offence would continue to tally runs throughout the ballgame.
The Blue Jays lineup was firing on all cylinders throughout this one though as the starting nine all collected hits in the contest with just Gabriel Moreno and Bradley Zimmer failing to register a base knock - both being brought in to pinch hit.
It was a night long overdue for Teoscar Hernandez as the right fielder grabbed four base hits making him responsible for an RBI as well as four runs himself.
Afterwards, Hernandez revealed he’s been playing through some physical ailments this season. Without revealing any specifics, he said he’s been dealing with physical issues for most of 2022.
“Since the beginning of the season, it was not a (fully) healthy one,” he said. “I’m trying and battling through all the injuries that I’m going through to be there for the team. We’re in a good place and playing really well (so) I want to be there for my team.”
The win has the Blue Jays sat atop the Wild Card standings with their record of 84-64 good enough for a two game lead over the Rays, and another half game lead over the Seattle Mariners who round off the top three AL Wild Card spots.
Despite a slightly cushioned lead in the playoff race, the Blue Jays are still 5.5 games back of the New York Yankees for the division lead in the AL East, with the Yanks collecting a comeback win thanks to a Giancarlo Stanton walk-off grand slam over the Pirates Tuesday night.
The Blue Jays and Phillies will go at it for game two of three on Wednesday evening as we get ourselves a bit of a pitcher’s duel. Kevin Gausman will get the ball for the birds as the Phillies will counter with Zack Wheeler as first pitch goes just before 7PM.