W: M. Stroman 2-2
L: D. Guerra 0-1
W, 2-2 | 9.0 IP | 2 (1) | 7 H | 1 BB | 5 K |
99 PC, B: 37, S: 63 | 3.10 ERA
Marcus Stroman settled down quickly after a few first inning hits surrendered, and a questionable third inning decision. Like a good wine, the StroShow got better as time progressed, including an impressive display striking out the side against the middle of the Angels order in the 6th. Marcus went on to pitch a complete game, limiting LA to a measly two runs. This game showed Stroman’s ability to bounce back after a forgettable start against the Red Sox.
The early start time proved to be problematic to the Blue Jays bats early on as the alarm clock didn’t go off until about the 8th inning. The good news for Toronto is that the last two innings provided an entire games worth of highlights including home runs by both Travis and Pillar in the 8th, part of a four-run inning. Goins got into the action with a two-run bomb of his own in the 9th, all but solidifying victory for the Blue Birds. The Jays should feel optimistic with the production of some of their more unsuspecting bats moving forward.
Gibby was tossed early on making it difficult to assess his impact on the game. I gave him an ‘A’ for his defence of Marcus Stroman. Getting tossed may be the most effective way to communicate support, even help spur a rally. Stro would go on to settle down and finish the game he started, and his teammates would tack six runs onto the board to secure the victory.
2-4 | 0 BB | 2 R | 1 2B | 0 3B | 1 HR | 0 K | 0 SB | AVG: .136, OBP: .190, Slug: .203
D Trav had an impressive night at the dish with two clutch extra-base hits down the stretch. Without his bat it’s likely the Jays don’t take a 2-1 advantage in this series over the Angels. Look for Travis to turn this performance into a hot streak, a streak that’s desperately needed out of the leadoff hitter trying to find some consistency.
1-4 | 0 BB | 1 R | 0 2B | 0 3B | 1 HR | 1 K | 0 SB | AVG: .250, OBP: .318, Slug: .500
Goins had an eventful day. Though 1-4 doesn’t exactly jump off the page for anyone, Ryan was able to contribute to this game in more ways than one. For starters, the ball that left the park off his bat in the 9th may have been the hardest contact he’s ever made on a pitch. In addition, GoGo made every play required of him in the field, including a beautiful first inning snag on Kole Calhoun’s grounder.