Happy Easter and Passover! Anthony Rendon is still back. He singled in Shohei Ohtani in the bottom of the first to make it 1-0 Angels.
Hunter Renfroe then homered to make it 3-0 Angels.
Not bad. Ren bros in da house!
Not to be outdone, the superstars stepped up in the bottom of the third inning. Mike Trout singled and Shohei Ohtani hit a blast to make it 5-0 Angels.
Are you starting to believe? Terry Smith called this series an early season barometer. How do you like the pressure? Rendon walked and Renfroe singled. They didn’t score that inning, unfortunately.
The Blue Jays didn’t really do anything in the fourth inning. The Angels did though. Logan O’Hoppe homered to make it 6-0 Angels. They’re dangerous one through nine! Go ahead! Throw ’em some lollypops!
Next, after the supposedly hot Blue Jays again did nothing in the fifth, Shohei singled right up the middle. Anthony Rendon hit a fly ball out and Iggy Pop came in to replace Kikuchi on the mound. Regrettably, there was no further scoring that inning.
So, in the top of the sixth, the Blue Jays loaded the bases with no outs on a walk, a single, and a hit by pitch. Matt Chapman hit a grand slam. 6-4 Angels. I’ve been doing a lot of crowing. Am I going to need to re-write this article? I hope not. Andrew Wantz came in to pitch. He started off by committing an error. Kevin Kiermaier tied it up with a triple.
Ryan Tepera came in and hit Bo Bichette with a pitch. Vlad Guerrero got an opposite field bloop to send Bichette to third in the top of the seventh inning with no outs. Matt Chapman singled to shallow center to make it 7-6 Toronto. Whit Merrifield singled in another run. 8-6 Toronto. Tepera did not have a good day.
Aaron Loup came in and gave up a bloop hit to make it 10-6 Toronto in the top of the seventh.
In the Eighth Brandon Drury chipped in a homer to make it 10-7. The Blue Jays did nothing in the ninth.
Guo Urshela got a hit to lead off the ninth. Logan O’Hoppe struck out. Taylor Ward walked. Mike Trout struck out. Shohei Ohtani got a walk to load them up against Anthony Rendon. The Blue Jays closer hit Rendon on the back to drive in a run. 10-8 Angels. Renfroe then got a hit to tie it up at 10-10. Holy moly! This is one hell of a game!
In the tenth Kevin Kiermaier hit a ground rule double off of Carlos Estevez to score Cavan Biggio from second. George Springer then singled. 12-10 Blue Jays. Not cool. Vladdy Junior hit a single to advance runners. Matt Chapman struck out thankfully.
Luis Rengifo earned his golden sombrero. Gio Urshela got a hit. Logan O’Hoppe also struck out. Taylor Ward walked to bring up Mike Trout with the bases loaded. A ball four bounced in to score a run and put Trout at first. 12-11 Blue Jays with bases loaded and 2 outs. What can Shohei Ohtani do? He grounded out to first. The Blue Jays win 12-11.