Sunday, June 24, 2018

Game #77 Toronto Blue Jays (36-41) @ LA Angels (41-37) - game recap

Kendrys Morales hit a huge pinch-hit HR as the Blue Jays beat the Angels 7-6 to earn the series split,

After a win last night on a 3-run HR by Randal Grichuk, the Blue Jays were hoping for the split before heading to Houston. New father Sam Gaviglio was on the mound, looking to lead his team to victory. Here is today's game recap.

Game highlights

  • The Blue Jays opened the scoring on a Devon Travis  3 run HR in the top of the 2nd that also scored Justin Smoak and Aledmys Diaz
  • The Angels got one back in the bottom of the 4th on a Justin Upton solo HR
  • The Angels took the lead in the bottom of the 5th as Martin Maldanado singled home Andrelton Simmons
  • Two batters later, Ian Kinsler singled home Maldanado
  • Sam Gaviglio pitching line: 4.2IP 5H 3R (all earned) 0BB 5K 71 pitches (46 for strikes)
  • Felix Pena pitching line: 5IP 8H 3R (all earned) 1BB 6K 83 pitches (56 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays retook the lead in the top of the 6th on an Aledmys Diaz homer to left
  • Three batters later, Curtis Granderson homered to straightaway center
  • The Blue Jays added an insurance run in the top of the 8th as Diaz scored on a sac fly by Luke Maile
  • The Angels tied it up in the bottom of the 8th on a bases clearing double by Maldanado that scored Albert Pujols, Simmons and Kole Calhoun
  • The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the 10th as Kendrys Morales hit a solo HR to right
  • Tyler Clippard pitched the 10th to picked up his 4th save of the season
  • Final score: Blue Jays 7 Angels 6
My take

  • Sam Gaviglio cruised through the first 3.2 innings, retiring the first 11 batters he faced before Justin Upton took him deep. He then ran into trouble in the 5th, allowing a further 2 runs on 4 hits before being pulled from the game.
  • Kevin Pillar and Luke Maile combined to make a huge out at 3rd when Kole Calhoun tried to take an extra base when Pillar threw home attempting to prevent Simmons from scoring
  • The Blue Jays did an excellent job with Mike Trout this series, holding him to 2 singles and striking him out 7 times this series.
  • The bats came alive today, as Devon Travis, Aledmys Diaz, Curtis Granderson all went dep, 6 of the 7 runs by the Blue Jays were off the long ball today.
  • Up next, the Blue Jays head to Houston to take on the Astros in a three game series starting tomorrow night. Ace JA Happ is up against Astros ace Justin Verlander. Houston took the season series last year 4 games to 3.