Saturday, April 8, 2023

Game #8 - Toronto Blue Jays (5-3) @ LA Angels (4-3) - game recap


Bo Bichette smashed a clutch 3-run HR in a 4-3 come-from-behind win over the Angels

After hanging on to beat the Royals yesterday, the Blue Jays headed to LA to begin a weekend set against the Angels. Last season, the Blue Jays won the season series 4-3, but the Angels outscored the Blue Jays 43-30. Chris Bassitt got the start with Alejandro Kirk behind the plate. George Springer was back in the field after the complete day off yesterday and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was also back in the field after a half day off as DH yesterday. Whit Merriield was in LF and Santiago Espinal got the start at 2B. Jordan Luplow got his first start in a Blue Jays uniform as DH ( they claimed him off waivers from the bravest this week and initially sent him down to AAA bowl, but called him up for this series). Could the Blue Jays make it four straight wins? Here is tonight's game recap.

Game Highlights:

  • The Angels opened the scoring in the bottom of the 1st as Mike Trout hammered a 2 run bomb to left center; also scoring Taylor Ward
  • The Blue Jays got one back in the top of the 4th as Vladimir Guerrero junior scored on a fielder's choice hit by Santiago Espinal
  • The Angels added a run in the bottom half of the inning on a sac bunt by David Fletcher that scored Gio Urshela. Fletcher was safe on the play since the throw from Chris Bassett pulled Guerrero Jr off the bag at 1st base.
  • Patrick Sandoval pitching line: 6IP 6H 1R (earned) 1BB 2K 89 pitchers (56 for strikes)
  • The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the 7th as Bo Bichette drilled a three run bomb to left-center;  also scoring Espinal and George Springer
  • Chris Bassitt pitching line: 6IP 2H 3R (all earned) 5BB 5K 109 pitches (64 for strikes)
  • Jordan Romano threw a [erfect 9th for his 4th save of the season.
  • Final score: Blue Jays 4 Angels 3

My Take:

  • Chris Bassitt battled through 6 innings giving up 3 runs on 2 hits while walking 5 and striking out 5. His start to the game was definitely suboptimal. After walking the lead off a better, Bassitt gave up a no doubter to Mike Trout, one of the best hitters in the game. He is still working on locating his signature sinker ball pitch. At least tonight he was able to keep the game fairly close to allow Bichette To give the blue jays the lead and give him a chance at a win.
  • The bullpen held the Angels to a leadoff Shohei Ohtani double in the 8th
  • Every Blue Jays starter except Alejandro Kirk and Jordan Luplow had at least one hit.
  • Up next, the Blue Jays try to keep it going with their 5th straight win. Jose Berrios starts against Angels lefty Tyler Anderson