Angels 2 Blue Jays 7
Tyler Skaggs didn’t have a good day, and when Tyler Skaggs doesn’t have a good day against a potent lineup like the Blue Jays possess, to borrow a well-worn South Park reference, you’re going to have a bad time. Skaggs only made it four innings, giving up four hits and four runs in the process. The real black eye on his stat line, though, would probably be the five walks he issued, a career worst.
Skaggs came out of his Tommy John surgery and back into the Angels rotation firing on all cylinders, but we’ve seen him come back down in his last couple outings. Starts like tonight’s can be downright discouraging, especially when we’d already begun to pin hopes on him being a bright spot in 2017. I will chalk this up to still being a little rusty, but it’s also worth mentioning again that the Blue Jays are legit with the lumber.
The Angels’ bullpen really didn’t help out, either, as Mike Morin allowed a couple runs, as did A.J. Achter. The packed Rogers Centre crowd had plenty to cheer for, while us Angels fans back at home could do nothing but shrug; this is the team we’re used to seeing on the road now, especially against a good club like Toronto.
The Halos’ bats had nothing to write home about...well, Nick Buss DID hit a two-run homer off of R.A. Dickey, which was Buss’ first of his career. That’s a notable. I’ll take it. Wish there were some more, though. That lone blast would be all the runs put up by the Angels, and ultimately, they’d take a 7-2 loss.
Not how you want to start a road trip...but it’s also exactly how you’d expect them to start off a road trip. Shrug.