The Toronto Blue Jays rode the heels of a complete game pitching performance from an exuberant Marcus Stroman on Sunday much to the chagrin of the Los Angeles Angels players who were not overly impressed with the Stro-Show’s energy-infused swagger.
The contest took on more of an emotional charge for Marcus Stroman as the hurler battled not only the opposition but also home plate umpire Ramon De Jesus on a couple of occasions throughout the contest.
The first head-scratcher was Stroman being called for a quick pitch on Kole Calhoun that resulted in manager John Gibbons being ejected. Calhoun was awarded “a ball” for the quick pitch violation that resulted in ball four. The Angels would string back to back singles afterward and Calhoun would score the game’s first run.
De Jesus would later in the game grant a late timeout request by catcher Martin Maldonado even though Stroman was well into his wind-up. The non-pitch was, of course, a strike and interim manager Demarlo Hale came out to discuss the events with the umpire but avoided the same fate as Gibbons.
Stroman was visibly rattled on both instances having words with De Jesus and then slamming his glove once back in the dugout at the end of the quick pitch fiasco.
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The game later ended on a double play and Stroman celebrated with a little more vigor than a normal April victory as you can see in the below video.
His actions apparently irked many of the halos players especially veteran Albert Pujols who allegedly walked back onto the field toward the foul line in all likelihood to voice his displeasure and tell young Stroman to cool his jets.
Stroman took the high road when he realized that Pujols was perturbed with him and later stated he would clear things up with the slugger.
However, the hurler would retweet a tweet from his mother encouraging her son to celebrate his accomplishments.
Regardless of all the outside noise, the Blue Jays earned a much-needed win, the bats came to life when it mattered most and Stroman tossed his second complete game of the season. A good time was had by all.