By: Kyle May
When the Angels jumped out to a 5-1 lead after the 1st inning, one would not have expected them to lose 12-5. The Blue Jays bats remained hot in today’s victory. Josh Donaldson and Mike Trout both had great performances in effort to make their case for the AL MVP honors.
Edwin Encarnacion went 4-for-4 with a homerun and 4 RBIs. Jose Bautista, who homered and doubled, and Kevin Pillar each chipped in a 3-for-5 performance. Josh Donaldson went 2-for-5 and hit his 34th double of the season. The red-hot Blue Jays offense combined for 17 hits in today’s winning effort. The Blue Jays had 48 total hits in 3 games against the Angels this weekend.
“We came in here smoking hot. We’re on fire right now,” manager John Gibbons said. “The west coast has never been particularly good to us. But everybody in our lineup has been swinging. It was a heck of a series. One thing we do is score runs. We’ve been doing it all year.”
RA Dickey was rocked for 5 runs in the first inning, but proceeded to throw 5 scoreless innings after that. Dickey earned his 8th win of the season. Dickey had 1 walk and 1 strikeout in the performance.
Garrett Richards was lit up by the Blue Jays for 9 runs (7 earned) in 5 innings of work. His command was so-so as he walked 3 batters. However, Richards also struck out 4 batters. He was pulled after the 5th inning, having thrown 109 pitches and surrendering back-to-back homeruns in the 4th inning to Bautista and Encarnacion.
Mike Trout paced the Angels’ offense with a 3-for-4 performance, including an RBI triple in the 1st inning. David Murphy and CJ Cron both went 2-for-4 at the plate.
The Blue Jays have now been winners in 16 out of their last 19 games and have pushed themselves into first place of the AL East. As for the Angels, they are slowly taking themselves out of playoff consideration.
What is next for these clubs?
The Angels will head to Comerica Park to open a road stand with the Tigers beginning on Tuesday. Jered Weaver (5-9, 4.34 ERA) will try to earn his first road win since May 20. Alfredo Simon (11-7, 4.52 ERA) will be on the bump for the Tigers. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:08 ET.
The Blue Jays will open a road series in Arlington as they take on the Rangers. Tuesday’s matchup at 7:05 CT at Global Life Park will be the first contest of the series. Mark Buehrle (13-6, 3.45 ERA) will get the ball for the Blue Jays. Derek Holland (1-1, 3.68 ERA) will be making his second start since landing on the DL back in April.