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Angel Bats Take A Halladay Against Blue Jays

Final Score in Toronto: Blue Jays 6, Angels 4

In the first game of a nine-game road trip, the Halos sent Joe Saunders against Toronto's ace Roy Halladay. Angel fans were hoping for Saunders to step up his game as he did against Zack Greinke when he shutout the Royals last month. However, it was Halladay who stepped it up, striking out a career high 14 batters while throwing 133 pitches.

Saunders lasted into the 6th inning before giving way to Rich Thompson, but not before giving up 6 runs on 9 hits. Saunders didn't throw as bad as his pitching line would suggest, as two of the four extra-base hits he gave up were hard groundballs that rolled all the way to the Rogers' Centre outfield wall (another being a long home run by Jose Bautista) and another run was helped out by an error by left fielder Gary Matthews.

The Angels loaded the bases with none out in the 7th and were able to score runs on a Kendry Morales single, a wild pitch and sacrifice flies by Maicer Izturis and Mike Napoli.

Although he gave up four runs, Halladay consistantly took advantage of the free-swinging Halos, striking out Torii Hunter and Gary Matthews 3 times apiece on his way to a complete game, 14 strike out performance.

One bright spot for the Angels was the hitless relief provided by Rich Thompson and Jason Bulger. The two relievers went 2.1 scoreless innings in hopefully the beginning of a much needed bullpen shot-in-the-arm.