FINAL SCORE in Toronto: Angels 7, Blue Jays 5 ... Jered Weaver was dominant on the mound for the Angels, but the bullpen, primarily Jason Bulger, made it interesting. By their fingernails, and with the tying run at the plate when a 5-run lead had been whittled down to better than a save situation, the Angels took the first game of this three game series.
Weaver struck out 8 Blue Jays in 7 innings pitched, but left the game after allowing solo homer to start the 8th, his 2nd solo blast and 2nd earned run of the night. After a disastrous appearance by Jason Bulger put a few more runs across, Kevin Jepsen cleaned up the mess and Fernando Rodney got the save.
The difference in the game turned out to be a 2 run double in the top of the 8th by Maicer Izturis. Five other Angels had 1 RBI, including Kendry Morales hitting a monster shot off of Blue Jays starter Shaun Marcum.
There once a pitcher named Jason
Whose jitters caused such dugout pacin'
Serving meatballs at the plate
can almost negate
The test teammate Weaver was acin'
Our SBN partner FANGRAPHS has Jered Weaver responsible for 54% of tonight's victory and, surprisingly, Jeff Mathis responsible for just over 20% of it. Mathis did score 2 runs, had a Ribby and a stolen base, but who knew!?!
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