Velasquez makes case for Phillies rotation is win vs. Jays
CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Philadelphia Phillies starting pitching hopeful Vince Velasquez allowed two runs in four innings in an 8-5 win Saturday against a Toronto Blue Jays' star-studded lineup.
Velasquez gave up a booming single off the right field wall to American League MVP Josh Donaldson in the first inning but responded by getting Jose Bautista on a foul out and Troy Tulowitzki on a strikeout to end any possible threat. In the third, Velasquez set the same trio down 1-2-3 in a perfect inning.
The right-hander struggled with fastball command, particularly against the bottom of the Blue Jays' order. Velasquez is competing with left-handers Brett Oberholtzer and Adam Morgan for the fifth spot in the Phillies' starting rotation.
J.P. Arencibia and David Lough each hit two-run home runs and Obubel Herrera went 2-of-3 with an RBI to fuel the Phillies' offense.