Blue Jays rally for double-header sweep of Phillies

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Merryweather struck out three in his 1.1 innings, turning into the newest hard-throwing Jays reliever in a bullpen stuffed with them.



With solely 30 minutes between video games, it was lower than an hour after the win that the nice vibes had dissipated. That’s as a result of starter Trent Thornton, who had been activated off the injured listing simply previous to first pitch, took 46 pitches earlier than he recorded an out.

Actually, Thornton didn’t make it out of the primary inning, permitting six earned runs on 5 hits. By the point the inning was over, with Jacob Waguespack on in aid, the Jays trailed 7-Zero.

It seemed just like the Jays have been going by means of the motions from there, content material with the cut up, particularly given their tiring itinerary. However Tellez’s mighty blast — successful measured with an exit velocity of 117.four miles per hour — planted the comeback seed and away they went.



The longest-serving participant on the Jays roster, outfielder Anthony Alford, could also be carried out with the workforce. The outfielder was designated for task between video games of the double-header.

And it might mark the tip of his time with the Jays, who has been with the workforce since 2012 and is out of choices. A preferred participant within the clubhouse, Alford was by no means in a position to contribute on the plate in his 75 plate appearances with the Jays, hitting simply .155.


Alford was optioned because the Jays wanted to activate Thornton for the beginning in Thursday’s second recreation. The Jays now have seven days to both commerce Alford or place him on waivers.