Friday, November 27, 2015

John Lannan, Phillies crushed by Toronto Blue Jays, 13-4


DUNEDIN, Fla. – This was supposed to be John Lannan's final tune-up of the spring. It sounded a whole lot more like batting practice.

After the left-hander set down the Blue Jays in order in the first, the hit parade commenced in the second and lasted three innings. When Lannan's day was over, he allowed 12 runs on 14 hits, two of which were home runs. The Phillies (13-15-1) went on to lose, 13-4, to the Blue Jays (12-16-1) on Monday afternoon at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium.

Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia began the onslaught in the second with a double to right field. He scored on a Mark DeRosa single, also to right field, and then took a breather before his next at-bat later that same inning.

The Jays would cross the plate four more times to make it 5-0 before Arencibia stepped back into the box. With two on and two out, Arencibia lofted a deep fly that the wind carried over the center field wall. Arencibia homered again in the fourth, a two-run shot to right field to make it 11-0. He finished the day with 5 RBIs.

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  • "Got my butt kicked. Gotta move on,” said Lannan, who was signed during the offseason to a one-year, $2.5 million contract to fill out the back of the Phillies' pitching rotation.

    The Phillies were shut out until the ninth inning. Laynce Nix was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on a Pete Orr single and scored when outfielder Steve Susdorf singled to left field.

    Then, down to their final out, the Phillies collected three straight hits and scored three more runs, before outfielder Leandro Castro grounded out to third to end the game.

    The Phillies starting lineup collected only four hits. Domonic Brown, coming off an 0-for-4 afternoon against the Red Sox on Sunday, went 0-for-3 against the Blue Jays with three strikeouts.

    Blue Jays right-hander Josh Johnson (4-0 in Grapefruit League play), acquired in the offseason blockbuster trade from Miami, pitched 5 1/3 shutout innings, allowing four hits and striking out eight.

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