Wearing camouflage hats and army-coloured jerseys, Jaime Garcia's electric first start off of the disabled list was floundered on Saturday afternoon as the Toronto Blue Jays surrendered a late run to lose 2-1 to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Garcia pitched seven innings, only giving up one earned run on a home run in the fifth inning. He struck out five, walked none and gave up five hits, lowering his ERA by more than seven-tenths of a run to 5.52. It was his best start this season, closely followed by one-run outings in his first start of the season and on May 9 against the Seattle Mariners.
Consistent with so many of the Blue Jays recent losses, the bullpen allowed the final run to flounder the work over seven innings by Garcia. In the eighth, Joe Biagini allowed a home run, putting the Phillies up 2-1. With their lead secured and the Blue Jays unable to make up the difference in the top half of the ninth, the Phillies took the game.
It was a disappointing end, but with the start that Phillies' pitcher Aaron Nola made, it's difficult to complain -- even if the bullpen blew it again. Nola, through a rain delay, pitched 6.2 innings, striking out 10 and walking three. Nola didn't allow a hit until the seventh inning, and even then, the primary damage done was caused by two previous walks.
Russell Martin made his first start at shortstop in his career. He had previously only played one inning at the position, and that inning came earlier this season. He made a handful of strong plays at the position, and collected the hit that tied the game for the Blue Jays in the seventh.
Compared to Friday's 6-5 win, where every one of Toronto's first seven batters had a hit, only two starters had a hit in Saturday's win: Josh Donaldson and Martin. Justin Smoak walked once, reaching base for the 41st time in his 45th game of the season.
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