The last time the Angels scored double digit runs was on June 8th against the Mariners - a game in which they also hit 4 home runs. Tonight, the Angels not only scored double digit runs but also won a game that wasn’t 5-3 for the first time in a week. Has the curse of the 5-3 win been broken? Apparently.
Luis Garcia served as the opener for this one. You know, that guy with a ERA near 5, a 1.600 WHIP and 6 home runs allowed in 25 innings? Yeah - that guy. So it was no surprise when Cavan Bigggio took Garcia deep to dead center. Fortunately, that was the only run Garcia would allow.
Justin Upton is back, and he wasted no time announcing his presence. In what may be Edwin Jackson’s last start as a Blue Jay, Upton smashed a home run on the very first pitch he saw. That at bat also started a rally that would see Jackson giving up 7 runs including more home runs to Kole Calhoun and Shohei Ohtani. Justin Upton came to the plate twice in that second inning and notched hits both times. Welcome back!!
Well that didn’t take long... pic.twitter.com/9UXejAARxR— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) June 17, 2019
The aforementioned Cavan Biggio tried to single handedly win this game for the Blue Jays, knocking out two home runs of his own. But he is no Ohtani or Trout so he’ll have to wait until another day to carry his team on his back.
In total, 13 pitchers were used in this game (8 for the Blue Jays). The Angels scored 10 runs on 13 hits and 6 walks. This new Angels lineup looks pretty potent doesn’t it? Don’t bother me with facts like how terrible the Blue Jays pitchers are. Mike Trout had a 4 for 5 night, so I guess he’s “okay” again? Ohtani and Calhoun both had a pair of extra base hits and every single Angels hitter got on base at least once.
Let’s finish with the win probability chart - look how quickly the Angels tanked the Blue Jays odds of winning. This game was over fast as we all waited for the inevitable Angels victory.