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Angels 6 - Roadkill 2

Toronto Blue Jays v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Fast facts before brass tacks:

The Angels are now 6-0 in home weekday games against non-AL West opponents who wear a shade of blue, as told to me by Jeff Joiner.

Kole Calhoun, who many want gone like yesterday, is your sole team home run leader.

Brian Goodwin of the .341 batting average had his first three-hit game of the season tonight. Think about that for a minute. He was batting .321/.414/.548 with no more than two hits per game for an entire month.

Hansel Robles still has the best freaking walk-up video, and his walk off the mound after shutting down the 9th is even better.

Mike Trout actually homered and it wasn’t the end of times. Weird, I know!

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Man, the Blue Jays are bad. Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez are no joke, and this offense definitely earned these wins, but yeesh. Mistakes from Toronto allowed extra baserunner after extra baserunner. For instance...

Albert Pujols didn’t run out of the box on a ball off the right field wall and still doubled because of a really bad throw. This was immediately followed by a Kole Calhoun homer.

Luis Rengifo tripled to left after the Teoscar Hernandez couldn’t find the ball and threw inaccurately to Brandon Drury who couldn’t hold onto the ball.

Andrelton Simmons singled to right field, but Alen Hanson completely whiffed on the pickup, allowing Goodwin to score from second. Simmons would make it to third.

Meanwhile, the Angels were busy making mostly stellar throws and displaying insane baseball IQ. It culminated in this gem:

Tyler Skaggs was perfectly serviceable, and gave 6 solid innings with only two runs allowed. He would tire later on, setting up the above play, but allowed no hits up until the 5th. This, along with tomorrow’s off day, rests the bullpen nicely for an important two-game series in Monterrey against the Houston Astros.

The Angels are now only 3 games back after this series sweep and the only team in the AL West with a winning record over the last ten games. And no, it’s certainly not because the past two series have been against terrible teams in the Royals and Jays. The Angels are now what one might call a buzzsaw; the AL West just doesn’t know it yet.

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  • 20%
    Blue Jays defense
    (51 votes)
  • 28%
    Andrelton Simmons’ defense
    (69 votes)
  • 43%
    Tyler Skaggs
    (106 votes)
  • 7%
    Kole Calhoun
    (18 votes)
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