Marco Estrada and the Blue Jays offense falls flat in a lopsided loss at the hands of Pujols and the Angels.
LA Angels 8- Toronto Blue Jays- 2
Well……this game didn’t exactly start out like expected with Marco Estrada on the mound. Hopes of Estrada regaining his form and once again throwing up some zeros on the scoreboard were quickly dashed. Admittedly, the pitches that Mike Trout and Albert Pujols hit for home runs were quality pitches, but the results are the results. Pujols’ home run was #584 of his illustrious career which places him in sole possession of 10th place on the all-time list.
Estrada once again struggled in the second inning. A leadoff single for Jett Bandy was followed by a walk to the nine hole hitter Cliff Pennington. With one out and runners on first and second, Kole Calhoun ripped an RBI double to rightfield to score Bandy.
With first base open Gibbons elected to intentionally walk Trout to load the bases for Pujols. An understandable move, which turned out well despite Pujols cashing in Pennington with a sacrifice fly to make it 4-0. C.J. Cron would drive in the third run of the game, and the Angels’ fifth of the game, with a single to right field.
With the Blue Jays offense unable get to Angels’ starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker through the first three innings, it gave the visiting team an opportunity to stretch their lead to 6-0. A failed double play attempt off the bat of Cron allowed a run score. This, of course, was aided by a one out flyball which was lost in lights my Melvin Upton. An unfortunate, but costly, turn of events for Estrada.
On a positive note for Toronto Estrada would give the team five innings of work. Although his night was not one to remember he did battle enough as to not tax the bullpen too much. His line for the night 5IP, 10H, 6ER, 3BB (1 IBB), 4K on 98 pitches, pushed his ERA to 3.47 on the season. Here’s to hoping the “magician” can once again find his magic before his next scheduled start.
Things remained as they were until the sixth inning when the Angels scratched together a run off reliever Scott Feldman in his second inning of work. After a walk and two singles, Feldman was lifted for Aaron Loup who would come into the game with one out, and runners on second and third.Loup would strike out both batters he faced to strand both runners and leave the score at 7-0. A bit of good among the bad, I suppose.
The Trout/Pujols combination would strike again in the Angels half of the eighth. This time they would smack back-to-back doubles off Loup to make it 8-0 with 0 outs. The lefty would continue to struggle allowing a single and a walk to load the bases. Thankfully, he would induce a 1-2-3 double play, and a 4-3 ground out to end the inning without further damage.
Toronto would finally break through with two outs in the eighth inning. After Josh Donaldson reached base on a fielder’s choice, Edwin Encarnacion and Russell Martin would each single to get the Blue Jays on the board.
In total the combination of Shoemaker, Jose Valdez, J.C. Ramirez would hold the Blue Jays offense to 6 hits and 1 run over eight innings. Toronto would put together a rally in the ninth off reliever Deolis Guerra grabbing 3 singles and a run, but it didn’t lead to anything further.
Two positive things to take away from this game: The offense only struck out 4 times, and Brett Cecil worked a clean inning in the 9th.
Final Score: 8-2
PLAY OF THE GAME
Tonight’s play of the game is courtesy of Blue Jays second baseman, Darwin Barney. With one out in the third inning and a runner on first, Barney, snagged a line drive off the bat of Kaleb Cowart for the second out, and quickly fired to Troy Tulowitzki to nab Bandy who had ventured off the bag a bit too far.
Tonight’s JTfC game ball goes to future Hall of Famer, Albert Pujols. The slugger would go 4 for 4 with a run scored and three driven in. On a night with no offense from the Blue Jays, recognizing Pujols for his 584th HR seems appropriate.
— Angels Béisbol (@AngelsBeisbol) August 25, 2016
With the Blue Jays scoring a single run in each the eighth and ninth innings the turning point came in the second inning when the Angels offense put up three runs to make it 5-0.
NEWS & NOTES
Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi provided us with some news on Devon Travis’ finger issue.
Devon Travis says his knuckle feels better today, hoping to be ready tomorrow. Waiting for cortisone to start working. #BlueJays
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) August 24, 2016
With the Blue Jays expecting Bautista back from DL tomorrow. It has been said Gibbons is looking to have the slugger DH more in the coming days to make sure his knee is back to optimal health.
John Gibbons says Jose Bautista remains on track for activation from DL tomorrow. #BlueJays
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) August 24, 2016
The Blue Jays will continue game three of the three game set tomorrow with first pitch scheduled for 7:07 EST. J.A. Happ will take the mound for the Jays, the Angels countering with Jered Weaver. For more details and an in-depth look at tomorrow’s match-up as well as the rest of the series, check out our series preview.
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Wade is a long time baseball fan who has been involved with the game for over 30 years. Including as a former college player, amateur pitching coach, and blogger.