Blue Jays Tee Off on Angels, win 15-3

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Hot off of a win in LA last night the Blue Jays were in search of another key series victory Saturday night. Trying to lock down the series the Jays sent out 10-7 Marco Estrada to the mound. The Angels countered with their young budding star Andrew Heaney. Heaney is 5-1 since being called up in June but looking for his first win in his last 4 starts.

In the top of the 2nd inning Edwin Encarnacion hit a double to lead off the inning. Chris Colabello hit a deep fly ball to right field that was caught by Kole Calhoun. Encarnacion was doubled off attempting to advance to 3rd base. Dioneer Navarro ground out to end the inning.

With one out in the bottom of the 2nd inning Erick Aybar hit a single to left field. C.J. Cron hit a fly ball to center for the 2nd out. Erick Aybar was thrown out trying to steal 2nd base to end the inning.

Kevin Pillar led off the top of the 3rd inning with an infield single. Ben Revere followed that up with an inside out swing that flared a single to left field. Cliff Pennington dropped down a sacrifice bunt to advance both runners into scoring position. Troy Tulowitzki struck out swinging for the 2nd out. Josh Donaldson smashed a home run to left field to give the Blue Jays the lead. Jose Bautista kept the inning alive with a single to right field. Edwin Encarnacion struck out to end the inning.

Chris Colabello led off the top of the 4th with single to right field. Dioner Navarro followed that up with a walk. Kevin Pillar hit a single to left field to load up the bases with no outs. Ben Revere drew a walk for a free RBI. Cliff Pennington hit a sacrifice fly to left for another run. Troy Tulowitzki drew the 3rd walk of the inning to once again load up the bases. That spelled the end of the night for Andrew Heaney. Cam Bedrosian entered the contest to face Josh Donaldson with the bases loaded. Josh Donaldson hit a single to right field to score two more runs. Carlos Perez let a pass ball get by him allowing the runners on base to advance into scoring position. Jose Bautista hit a triple off the wall in deep right field to clear the bases. Edwin Encarnacion hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Bautista from 3rd. Chris Colabello picked up his 2nd single of the inning to keep it alive. Dioner Navarro slashed his own single to left field to put two runners back on base. Kevin Pillar mercifully popped up for the 3rd out of the inning.

With two outs in the bottom of the 4th inning Albert Pujols hit a single to left field. David Murphy hit a double straight away center field to score Pujols from 1st base. Erick Aybar popped up to end the inning.

Ben Revere led off the top of the 5th with a single to right field. Cliff Pennington drew a walk to put two runners on base with no outs. Troy Tulowitzki ground into a double play to erase one of the runners. Josh Donaldson hit a double to left field to score another run. Jose Bautista struck out to end the inning.

C.J. Cron led off the bottom 5th with a solo home run. With one out Kaleb Cowart hit his own solo home run to right center field. Both Grant Green and Kole Calhoun lined out to center field to end the inning.

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  • David Murphy reached base with two outs in the bottom of the 6th due to catcher interference. That marked the end of the night for Marco Estrada. Brett Cecil entered the game to finish out the 6th inning. Erick Aybar hit an infield single but both runners advanced on a throwing error by Josh Donaldon. C.J. Cron flied out to center field to end the inning.

    LaTroy Hawkins entered the game to pitch the 7th inning for the Blue Jays. Hawkins picked up a 1-2-3 inning on only 8 pitches.

    Fernando Salas came in to pitch the 8th inning for the Angels. Josh Donaldson picked up a one out single to center field. Jose Bautista hit a single to left center field to put two runners on base. Edwin Encarnacion hit a double to score both runners. Chris Colabello hit a home run to deep center for another 2 runs. Dioner Navarro hit a single to right field. Kevin Pillar reached on a fielders choice beating out the double play throw. Ben Revere ground out to end the inning.

    Liam Hendricks came in to pitch the 8th inning for the Blue Jays. Giving up only a single Liam put up another 0 for the 8th on the scoreboard.

    Houston Street pitched the 9th inning for the Angels. Ryan Goins picked up a two out single. Ezequiel Carrera picked up a single of his own. Matt Hague struck out to end the inning.

    Bo Shultz entered the game in the 9th to try and close out the game. He pitched a clean 1-2-3 inning to secure the win.

    Game Notes:

    • Edwin Encarnacion extended his hit streak to 18 games. That mark ties Chris Colabello for the longest for the Jays this year. He is now 3 games shy of the MLB lead at 21 hit by teammate Troy Tulowitzki
    • Josh Donaldson made another statement for his MVP candidacy. Josh picked up a multi-hit game including his 34th home run and 6 RBI to put his season total at 100. Tonight put Josh on pace for 44 HR and 131 RBI.
    • The Blue Jays lead the MLB with 22 games with 9+ runs. When the offense is clicking they seem to really put up some big numbers.
    • The offense caught up with the Angles pitching in the 4th inning. They put up 12 batters and drove in 7 runs.
    • The offense had lead off runners reach base in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings. They were able to score runs in 3 of those 4 innings.
    • Ben Revere is starting to turn it on. In the last 3 games he has picked up 7 hits.
    • Matt Hague made took his first at bat of the season and was called out on strikes.

    Grades:

    A+. At this point in the season we know the offense can put up some numbers. Tonight was no exception. They were able to churn out 11 runs with 7 coming in the 4th inning. Josh Donaldson gets the game ball for picking up 4 hits, 1 HR, and 6 RBI. Jose Bautista, Chris Colabello, Kevin Pillar, and Ben Revere all had multiple hits. Even the substitutes in the 9th inning picked up some hits. The team totaled 20 hits all said and done.  . Game Ball. Josh Donaldson. OFFENSE

    B-. Marco once again had a good night on the mound. He did give up a couple home runs but aside from that pitched fairly well. He had the Angels fooled most of the night. The down side they were able to make contact a lot to extend Marco’s pitch count. On only 5.2 IP Marco hit 94 pitches. Tonight could have gone much different if that count was kept down. But, he only went 5.2 innings (just shy of the quality start) with 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, and 4 K.. . Marco Estrada. STARTING PITCHER

    With a huge lead the bullpen was called upon to pick up 3.1 innings. Brett Cecil, Liam Hendricks, LaTroy Hawkins, and Bo Shultz all combined for the needed innings. They only gave up 2 hits and didn’t allow any runs. . Game Ball. LaTroy Hawkins. BULLPEN . A

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