Great pitching and a two-run homer from Tulo would be more than enough for the Blue Jays to put the Angels away for the second day in a row.
Coming off of a big win against the Angels, the Blue Jays would hope to continue their winning ways. In charge of leading the Jays on their conquest to obtain their first set of consecutive wins since August 28th 29th was knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Dickey would be well rested, making his first start since September 5th when he gave up 5ER in 4IP to the Yankees. Jered Weaver would look to stand in the way
LA ANGELS: 0 VS TORONTO BLUE JAYS: 5
WP: DICKEY (10-14) LP: WEAVER (11-12) SAVE: OSUNA (33)
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Despite a sketchy first innings early, it would be the Jays who would strike first in the top of the fourth. A Jose Bautista lead off walk would bring Troy Tulowitzki to the plate. Tulo would continue his hot September blasting a 2 run 389 foot home run to left to give the Jays the lead.
After starting off the game allowing 4 runners to reach before even recording his 4th out, Dickey would settle in and roll from there. Dickey would struggle again in the sixth, but would exit with an impressive line of
Joe Biagini would come in to relieve RA Dickey with two on and none out in the bottom of the sixth. Biagini would walk the first batter he faced to load the bases, still with none out, and things were looking grim. The rule fiver would impress however getting a strikeout, 1-2 groundout, and fly ball to center escaping the inning with no damage at all.
Josh Thole, who started in order to catch RA Dickey exceeded expectations at the dish. Thole would go 2 for 2 on the night before being pinch hit for in the 7th.
The Blue Jays would have an impressive ninth inning for the second game in a row. Russell Martin would lead off the inning with a double, followed by a Devon Travis single to put runners on first and third. Josh Donaldson would then rip a ball to right on a sacrifice fly scoring Martin. Edwin would keep things rolling hitting a two-run blast to put the Jays up 5-0.
Things would start off on a rough note for the R.A. Dickey in the bottom of the first. Dickey would load the bases giving up a single to Mike Trout, a double to Albert Pujols, and a walk to Jefry Marte. Thankfully, Dickey would get out of it popping up Andrelton Simmons.
The Jays offense still wasn’t firing on all cylinders, stranding 9 baserunners, 5 of which were in scoring position, and only plated 2 runs prior to the ninth.
NEWS & NOTES:
- Devon Travis would lead off the game with a single extending his career-high hitting streak to 13 games. 13 games would also be good enough for the longest hitting streak on the team this season.
- Bautista would go 1 for 2 with a walk against Weaver with whom he usually struggles against. Bautista is now just 2 for 19 against Weaver in his career
- In the bottom of the second, Albert Pujols would hit his 600th career double.
- Edwin’s home run in the ninth would be his 40th of the year, the second time he has reached that feat.