Despite late homers, Blue Jays come up short against Phillies in spring training game

Orelvis Martinez and Trevor Schwecke hit back-to-back home runs in the eighth inning but the Toronto Blue Jays still lost to the Philadelphia Phillies 8-7 on Wednesday in Grapefruit League action.

Gosuke Katoh and Santiago Espinal both had homers in the fourth inning for the Blue Jays (4-2). Espinal’s two-run shot to deep left cut Philadelphia’s lead to just 6-5.

Jose Berrios (0-1) took the loss for Toronto, giving up seven hits and six runs in an inning and two-thirds.

Jean Segura hit a two-run single up the first-base line for Philadelphia (3-2). It was part of a four-run inning for the Phillies, who never relinquished their lead.

JT Realmuto had a solo homer and drove in another run for the Phillies.

Cristopher Sanchez (1-0) threw two scoreless innings, allowing no hits and striking out three.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 23, 2022.

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