Angels 7 Blue Jays 5
Boy, how about these Angels, huh? Down early but never out. At times, erring but always making up for it late. A legitimately terrific offense overcoming some incredible teams — that only continued tonight with some late inning heroics. I only hope that Blue Jays fans didn’t get their hopes up too high because their cups are the ones buttered tonight!!
David Fletcher’s penchance for contact lifted the Angels to victory with this tennis drop shot in the top of the 11th to knock in two, and the rest is history.
Truth be told, this game was never a blur and neither team was ever out of it. It took a team effort to finish the job: seven different pitchers to bridge the gap to the 11th, seven different batters who notched base hits, and Raisel Iglesias to notch the save.
It feels like ages ago, but Griffin Canning took the mound for the first time this year. He turned in a wonderful effort that will look underwhelming in the box score, retiring at one point 14 Blue Jays in a row and eliciting many swings and misses with a nice spike-curve.
Unfortunately, that was sandwiched between a rocky first inning (encapsulated by a Vlad Jr 2-R HR) and a 6th-inning dinger from Cavan Biggio. He was pulled with the game tied up 4-4 in the bottom of the sixth, as the two teams traded runs early.
Kingfish Mike Trout finished a triple short of the cycle (3-5, HR, 2B, 2 RBI) and he almost got it too, had it not been for Randal Grichuk’s gutsy dive on a hard-hit sinking liner in the 9th.
He hit this home run out of the park, into the backyard of a local school and I’m not just talking about taking Ross Stripling to the classroom.
The Halos are now off to a 5-2 start, playing some fantastic teams with capable pitching and fantastic, timely offense.
This is fun to watch. Always electric and never forgettable. Let’s rock.