Mar. 12, 2013; Phoenix AZ, USA; A general view of a pink bat prior to the Mother

Live Game Thread 38: Toronto Blue Jays vs Los Angeles Angels


It is Mother’s Day Sunday and that means it is the return of the pink bats for Major League Baseball. Hopefully, it is also the return of the big bats for the Toronto Blue Jays.

After racking up 38 runs over their recent five game win streak, the Blue Jays bats have been silenced by Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs in back-to-back losses to the Los Angeles Angels. They team has struck for 6 runs in the last two games, but most of the damage has been done in the late innings, and too late to salvage a victory.

The Blue Jays will try to turn that luck around right-hander Jered Weaver, who comes into the game with a 3-2 record and a 3.48 ERA. They’ll counter with their own right-hander in Drew Hutchison. Hutch is 1-2 with a 4.17 ERA, but is coming off a gutty performance against Philadelphia on May 6th, where he went 8 innings but one bad inning resulted in 5 earned runs surrendered.

Toronto Blue Jays Line-up (h/t Brendan Kennedy):

 

Los Angeles Angels Line-up (h/t Bill Shakin):

 

Game Notes:

- Not a whole lot of success for the Blue Jays against Jered Weaver, as the current collection of hitters owns a batting line of just .237/.311/.419 against the Angels starter. Weaver owns a 8-2 record and a 3.68 ERA over 10 career starts against the Blue Jays.

- On the other side of the field, the Angels have had limited exposure to Drew Hutchison, with the line-up having only 12 at bats against the Jays righty. The results haven’t been good either, as Hutch held them to a slash of just .167/.231/.500. However, one of the two hits he’s surrendered to Angels hitters has a home run to Albert Pujols and he surrendered 4 runs in that 5.1 inning outing.

Tags: Toronto Blue Jays

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Drew Hutchison gets the Blue Jays off to good start, getting a pair of weak groundballs from Albert Pujols and Erick Aybar, sandwiched around a strike-out to Mike Trout.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Reyes leads off the game with a single to left to get the Blue Jays started.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Reyes then swipes second on the very first pitch. Fifth of the season.

      • Kyle Franzoni

        Reyes just scored from second base on a ground out to second. Hit and run was on and he ran all the way around, sliding in safe. Appears to have hurt himself though on the slide.

        • Kyle Franzoni

          Edwin gives one a ride, but it dies just short of the wall in the left field corner. Both Weaver and Encarnacion thought it was gone. Oh well, 1-0 Blue Jays after the first.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Hutch walks Ibanez to lead-off the second. He then comes back to strike out Howie Kendrick, but the third strike gets away from Navarro, allowing Ibanez to move up to second.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Hutch then lets Efrain Navarro go on the walk, putting runners on first and second.

      • Kyle Franzoni

        After a fly-out by Conger, Hutch gets Ian Stewart to go down swinging to end the frame.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Lind lead’s off the second with a single to second. Navarro follows with a ground-out, but Aybar fails to go to second on the play and only gets the one out. Lind into second base.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Francisco’s improved plate discipline appears to have been a mirage, as he goes down via the K for the 7th straight at-bat.

      • Kyle Franzoni

        Rasmus looks at a pitch right over the outside corner to end the inning. 1-0 after two innings.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Another jam shot on Aybar and there are two away for Hutch in the top of the 3rd.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      After giving Trout a steady diet of fastballs, Hutch fools him with the slider for another strike-out and the third out of the innning.

  • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

    #HutchShow

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      guy is a gamer

      • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

        Plain and simple

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Agree, shows a lot when he grinds through that second inning unscathed.

      • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

        Composed like a vet!

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Tolleson pops out to start the third for Toronto, and becomes the first lead-off man retired by Weaver today.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Come on Jose, you should know how to bunt better than that. Reyes foul pops a bunt to Conger. 2 away.

      • Kyle Franzoni

        Melky gets tied up on the inside fastball and goes down swinging. Weaver getting into a groove now and the Blue Jays may be sorry that they didn’t get to him earlier.

  • http://www.jaysjournal.com Shaun Doyle

    BRUTAL bunt attempt there….

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Francisco makes a nice play on a grounder down the line by Pujols. Takes advantage of a strong arm (and the complete lack of speed by Pujols) to get the first out.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      If you are going to take advantage of the 3-0 green light, one would expect you to do something with it. Instead, Ibanez hits a grounder into the shift for out number 2.

      • Kyle Franzoni

        Lost my feed for a second there. The walk to Kendrick bites him as back to back doubles plate a pair for the Angels.

        • Kyle Franzoni

          The slider does the trick again for Hutch, as he ets Stewart on a nasty one to end the inning. However, the Angels take the lead, 2-1 Anaheim.

    • http://jaysjournal.com/ Michael Wray

      Francisco sometimes surprises me with his range.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Bautsitsa skies on on the infield for out number one. Edwin then pops one out behind the plate for the second out.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      2-out walk to Adam Lind will bring Navarro to the plate and end Weaver’s streak of 8-straight retired.

      • Kyle Franzoni

        And another pop-up, this time by Navarro behind the plate. 3 outs.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Another walk for Hutch. This one a lead-off walk to Cowgill.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Aybar singles to right, moving Cowgill to third. Bautista comes up firing, but Reyes cuts it off and takes Aybar off the basepaths with head’s up play. Runner on third with one out.

      That’ll end Hutchison’s day, Stroman comes in from the bullpen. Good challenge for Stroman with a runner in scoring position and Trout and Pujols coming to the plate.

      • Kyle Franzoni

        1-out double to Trout goes over Rasmus’ head and bounces over the wall. Cowgill comes in to score. 3-1 Angels.

        • Kyle Franzoni

          Stroman induces Pujols to the ground-ball to short.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Jays go in order in the fifth. Kendrick leads the 6th off with a single to center. Rasmus went into the dive for the ball, but came up empty as it hit off the heel of his glove.

    • Kyle Franzoni

      Kendrick steals second base for the second time today. Navarro couldn’t come up with the ball to make a throw.

      • Kyle Franzoni

        Navarro singles to left to move Kendrick to third. Runners on the corners and no outs.

        • Kyle Franzoni

          3-run home run for Conger and this game is opened up. 6-1 Angels.

          • Kyle Franzoni

            Another hard-hit ball, as Stewart bounces one off the wall. Rasmus misplays it into a triple.

  • Kyle Franzoni

    Well folks, time to go spend some Mother’s Day time with my wife and kids. Feel free to chat amongst yourselves.