Blue Jays vs. Angels Game Recap - May 1, 2019

Jamie Branje
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Thursday, May 2, 2019

Early deficit too large for the Blue Jays to overcome late.

LOS ANGELES - Mike Trout hit a three-run double to help the Los Angeles Angels cruise over the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3 on Wednesday night.


The double by Trout capped off a four-run inning in the fourth, which was enough as it padded the Angels’ lead to 5-0. 


Tommy La Stella also added two hits and two runs with an RBI and a walk to aid the Los Angeles (14-17) effort. 


Difficulty for Toronto to open the bottom of the fourth, as Kole Calhoun reached on catcher’s interference and Johnathan Lucroy followed with a sharp single up the middle behind starter Marcus Stroman. The bases were loaded with none out when Justin Bour walked, which got the Blue Jays bullpen working quickly.


Stroman walked La Stella to push home the second run of the game, which brought up Trout with the bases loaded. As he does so often, Trout came through big, hitting a sharp ground ball down the left field line to score three more runs and chase Stroman from the game.


Toronto (14-16) got home runs from Rowdy Tellez and Randal Grichuk, but poor defence and a lot of walks doomed them from the start.


The home team elected to use an opener for this game, and Luke Bard pitched a clean first inning. The win went to Felix Pena (1-1) in relief, who worked four and a third innings of three-run ball, with four hits allowed and five strikeouts.  


Stroman (1-4) took another loss as he wrestled with command issues throughout. On his 28th birthday,  Stroman finished with five runs allowed, four earned, on six hits and two walks to go with three strikeouts. He worked three and 1/3rd innings and threw 90 pitches before being relieved.


Ty Buttrey earned a save in this one, having pitched the final two innings. He finished with two hits and two strikeouts to pick up his first save of the season.


The opener strategy worked well to begin, as six of the first seven Blue Jays struck out, and they failed to get a base runner through the first four innings. However, the top of the fifth saw the Jays find their first baserunner, first hit and first run when Rowdy Tellez hit a rocket home run over the right field wall.


Defensive miscues continued to haunt the Jays in the bottom of the fifth, as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. let a ball bounce off the heel of the glove for his first error of his major league career. That run came around to score when Calhoun hit a double to the left field, and he advanced to third on an error by Billy McKinney in left.


Two consecutive walks loaded the bases with one out and forced manager Charlie Montoyo to call on Elvis Luciano from the bullpen. Luciano escaped the danger, and finished with two and 2/3rds innings pitched, which is a career high, to go with no hits, one walk and one strikeout. 


Joe Biagini replaced him in the bottom of the eighth and ran into some trouble, allowing two baserunners but got out of the jam with no runs surrendered.


Danny Jansen led the top of the sixth with a single, and came around to score on Grichuk’s home run two batters later. His no-doubt home run cut the lead to 6-3. The barrage continued when Justin Smoak hit a ball to the left field wall for a double, which ended Pena’s night for Justin Anderson to come on in relief. After walking the first batter he saw, Anderson struck out Guerrero Jr. and Drury to end the threat.


Stroman had difficulty to begin the game, with the first two batters having recorded singles to the outfield on ground balls. 


A fielder’s choice in which no outs were recorded hit by Andrelton Simmons loaded the bases with one out; Drury fielded the soft ground ball and tried to throw out Trout at second, but Trout beat the throw. Albert Pujols drove home the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly. Stroman struck out Calhoun swinging to end the threat.


Los Angeles used five pitchers to get through the night after the opener started it: Anderson, Cam Bedrosian and Ty Buttery combined to pitch the final three and 2/3rds innings, surrendering a combined two hits and one walk with five strikeouts. 


These teams will meet Thursday to finish the series with Los Angeles sending Tyler Skaggs to the mound, looking for the sweep, where Toronto will counter with Aaron Sanchez.