MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Los Angeles Angels

Recap: Blue Jays 7, Angels 2; Toronto Waits for the Fans to Go to Sleep Before Waking Up

The Toronto Blue Jays opened a seven game west coast road trip Thursday night against the Los Angeles Angels. After having lost the last four series, it was imperative that the Blue Jays took advantage of playing the last place Angels. The Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ, who pitched well Saturday against the Boston Red Sox, was given the ball in the opener and provided just the start the team needed. Happ pitched six innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits, three walks while striking out three batters.

The Blue Jays offence, which struggled to score in the series against the Tampa Bay Rays, finally broke through in the top of the fourth inning. Toronto scored two runs on an RBI single by Edwin Encarnacion and a sacrifice fly by Russell Martin. They added three more in the sixth on a three-run homer by Martin, and two more in the ninth on a two-run single by Devon Travis.

The Angels scored their two runs in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run home run by shortstop Andrelton Simmons. The Blue Jays bullpen of Benoit, Grilli, and Osuna, shut the door after Happ left the game and closed out the win.


In the top of the sixth, after a lead off walk to Josh Donaldson, Angels manager Mike Scioscia decided to go to his bullpen with Jose Valdez. After a one out walk to Jose Bautista, Russell Martin hammered a three-run shot into the left field bullpen increasing the Jays’ win expectancy by 13.3 percentage points.


Jason Grilli came into the ballgame for his regular eighth inning role and was greeted with a loud out by Mike Trout that Jose Bautista caught leaping against the wall in right. After back to back singles, Jeff Marte came to the plate representing the tying run. He proceeded to fly out to centre fielder Kevin Pillar and this lowered the Angels’ win expectancy by 5.5 percentage points. The Angels missed a huge opportunity to score in that inning, as the next batter proceeded to ground out to end the inning.


Josh Donaldson returned to the lineup tonight, however only as the designated hitter, after missing three games due to a hip injury. He proceeded to go three for three with two doubles, walk twice and score two runs. Donaldson’s bat was sorely missed in the Jays lineup in the Tampa Bay series and seemed to provide a spark at the top of the lineup for the Blue Jays tonight.


The Blue Jays will try to make it two wins in a row as they take on the Angels Friday night in Anaheim. Toronto will send R.A. Dickey (9-14, 4.60), who hasn’t pitched since September 5th, against Jered Weaver (11-11, 5.25) who stymied the Jays at the Rogers Centre in August. First pitch is at 10:05 PM ET/ 7:05 PM PT

Lead Photo: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

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2 comments on “Recap: Blue Jays 7, Angels 2; Toronto Waits for the Fans to Go to Sleep Before Waking Up”

Flo & Ed Korzenoski

Ed and I are diehard bluejay fans. We have gone to several games in TO on a several game home stand. We have a hard time with the fact that Bluejays lose against bottom teams. What gives??


It happens for various combinations of reasons. One is that even the best teams seldom reach .600, which means that over a season, they win less than three games out of five. So on average in a single game, a good team’s win expectancy against a poor team isn’t much better than 60%. With that kind of relatively small edge, it doesn’t take much for the stronger team to lose – the opponent’s pitcher has a good game, a good bounce or two, a ball or two where the difference between a hit and an out is being hit a few inches to one side or the other.

Also, certain matchups can be more or less favorable than others. As a simplified example, a team that prospers by hitting fastballs matches up better against a poor team with fastball pitchers than against an equally poor team with a lot of breaking ball pitchers.

Another is that even weak teams have streaks when they play better. And good teams aren’t equally good all the time.

There are lots more possible factors, but I hope these few partly answer your question.

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