Thursday, May 24, 2018

Game #50 Los Angeles Angels (28-22) @ Toronto Blue Jays (23-27) - game recap

Albert Pujols was 2-5 at the plate, including a solo HR and 2 RBI as the Angels routed the Blue Jays 8-1.

After an ugly game last night where Tyler Clippard blew the save opportunity, the Blue Jays were hoping to end the disastrous home stand, where they won 1 of 6 games heading into today's matinee. Here is today's game recap.

Game highlights:

  • The Angels took the lead in the top of the 2nd as Martin Maldanado singled home Shohei Ohtani and Andrelton Simmons
  • The Angels lead was extended in the top of the 3rd as Albert Pujols singled home Justin Upton
  • Mike Trout hit a solo HR in the top of the 5th
  • Marco Estrada pitching line: 4.1IP 7H 4R (all earned) 2BB 1K 88 pitches (52 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays got on the board in the bottom of the 6th as Dwight Smith Jr. hit his 1st major league HR
  • The Angels got the run back in the top of the 7th as Ian Kinsler scored on an Upton ground out
  • Nick Tropeana pitching line: 7.1IP 4H 1R (earned) 1BB 6K 92 pitches (61 for strikes)
  • Albert Pujols hit a solo HR in the top of the 9th
  • Two batters later, Simmons doubled home Ohtani
  • Final score: Angels 8 Blue Jays 1
My take:

  • This was the second of 2 games on Facebook only. In my opinion, the game was a bit less clear than the first game. The resolution was not clear at all and the players and ball were blurry. I liked the between-inning tidbits that the commentators put on, especially the one on Vladimir Guerrero Jr. I felt that both teams were talked about evenly throughout the broadcast, which you want to see on what is supposed to be a neutral broadcast. I also like the no commercials between innings I still think in future, the MLB should offer Facebook as an optional avenue to view the game as opposed to a forced choice. Not every fan has access to a computer or they choose not to be on Facebook for a number of reasons.
  • Marco Estrada had a difficult start. He was unable to complete 5 innings today, putting more pressure on an already overworked bullpen. It was really two long innings in the 2nd and 3rd that could have been a lot worse if not for a couple of lucky outs on weak grounders. The Blue Jays don't have an off day until next Thursday and the next three games are interleague in Philadephia. This start was important for Estrada to go deeper than he did.
  • Not a whole lot to comment on with regards to the offence today. The only run came on a solo shot to right (congrats to Dwight Smith Jr. on his big league blast). Two of the Blue Jays hits were wiped out by double plays and the Blue Jays were 0-2 with runners in scoring position.  In the 4th, 5th, 7th and 9th innings, the Blue Jays went down in order. 
  • This was an ugly home stand to say the least. The Blue Jays managed 1 win in the 7 games and scored in only one inning in 5 of the 7 games. Marco Estrada (May 19 start), Sam Gaviglio and JA Happ were the only starters to pitch past the 5th inning. Happ was the only one to pitch 7 innings or 21 outs. 
  • Up next, the Blue Jays hit the road starting with a three game set in Philadelphia. The Blue Jays and Phillies last met in 2015 and the teams split the 4 games they played that year (2 in each city). RA Dickey and Kyle Hendricks picked up the wins for the Blue Jays. Troy Tulowitzki made his Blue Jays debut in the July 28 game and went 3-5 with a double and a HR. The first game of the series sees Sam Gaviglio make his second straight start against Phillies righty Zach Eflin.