Blue Jays-Phillies: Toronto Gets the Sweep in Crazy 8-7 Victory

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst IJune 19, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 01:   Rod Barajas #20 of the Toronto Blue Jays runs the bases after hitting a homerun in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angels Stadium on June 1, 2008 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

The Toronto Blue Jays completed the sweep Thursday in Philadelphia with a crazy 8-7 victory.

Why was it crazy? Well, let me tell you.

The Jays used every single reliever they had in order to preserve the win and the only player on the roster that did not get the chance to play was John McDonald.

It all started off with a bad pitching performance by Jays rookie Brad Mills, who was making his first appearance ever in the Major Leagues.

Mills became the 11th pitcher to start for the Jays this year and the fourth to make his debut.

Unfortunately for him, his debut was not a pleasant one. He had command issues throughout his outing and gave up four runs on six hits and four walks in just 3 2/3 innings.

The Jays kept themselves in the game though, with a two-run homer from Raul Chavez in the second and RBI double from Vernon Wells that helped make the score 5-3 after five innings. Dirk Hayhurst gave up a solo shot in the fifth inning.

Adam Lind started off the comeback with a solo home run in the sixth, his 14th of the season. Scott Rolen tied it in the seventh inning with a single and the Jays were back in business.

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The Jays then scored two in the eighth inning to take the lead for the first time all game, but it would not last long.

Brandon League was determined to make things interesting. He gave up a solo home run and a double that later scored with Jason Frasor on the mound, tying the game once again.

With Jason Frasor set to lead off the inning, Rod Barajas was sent to the plate to pinch hit for him and things could not have gone any better.

Barajas took a high pitch and deposited it over the wall at the deepest part of the ball park. It was Phillies' closer Ryan Madson's second blown save of the series.

BJ Ryan walked the first batter in the bottom of the ninth inning, but then got Ryan Howard to strike out. Recent call-up Jeremy Accardo came in for the last two outs, his first appearance in the majors this year and his first save.

Up Next: Brian Tallet (4-4) starts off a series against Jordan Zimmermann (2-3) and the lowly Washington Nationals.

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