Toronto Blue Jays take opening slugfest from LA Angels
The Toronto Blue Jays took their series opener against the Los Angeles Angels 10-6 on Monday afternoon, overcoming a spot start from the recently recalled Todd Redmond as the teams traded blows. Redmond’s appearance was used as a way to give the rest of Toronto’s rotation an added day of rest, but with 17 hits from the Blue Jay batters, not much else was needed.
Toronto got rolling in the bottom of the second inning with RBI’s from Ryan Goins, Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. After Todd Redmond stumbled and gave way to Ryan Tepera, who quickly lost the lead, the Toronto Blue Jays stormed back with breakout innings in the sixth and seventh.
This is exactly the type of win that the Blue Jays needed after being swept in Houston. A big inning early followed by the slow pitching collapse had all the makings of another disappointing game, but the club finally put their foot down and controlled the momentum. It was imperfect, most games are, but it was a victory.
After stranding Josh Donaldson at third in the opening frame, Toronto’s offense clicked in the bottom of the second. After a Ryan Goins chopper crossed upAlbert Pujols
to scoreChris Colabello
from third, Josh Donaldson drove inSteven Tolleson
with a screamer down the left-field line. Jose Bautista then drove in Donaldson with a double of his own followed by an RBI single from Edwin Encarnacion to give Redmond an early 4-0 lead.
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Ryan Tepera took over in relief for Redmond, but coughed up the lead while getting pegged with two earned runs over 1.1 innings. If this continues, the 6th and 7th positions in the Blue Jays bullpen could continue to churn…and churn…
Josh Donaldson may have sparked the Jays with…a strikeout? Words were exchanged between he and the Angels bench during his plate appearance, and upon returning to the dugout, cameras caught him yelling across the field… You can use your imagination or search for it on Twitter, if you so desire. Don’t show the kids.
Jose Bautista looks to be rounding back in to shape. His two run homer in the 7th inning was a classic from number 19, turning on an inside pitch and sailing it over the second deck.
MVJ: Josh Donaldson
Giving Donaldson the game ball for his performance at the plate isn’t enough love, and he’s quickly stepping to the forefront as a leader in this Blue Jays clubhouse. His comments prior to the final game in Houston didn’t spark the fire immediately, but his fiery demeanour was on display again late Monday. His exchange with the Angels dugout may not have been dinner party conversation, but I’ll take that over choreographed handshakes and passive personalities.
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