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Of Angels and Angles: Game 58, Jays at Anaheim


Toronto Blue Jays @ Los Angeles Angels

05/31/08 9:05 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays Los Angeles Angels
Shannon Stewart - LF Reggie Willits - LF
Marco Scutaro - 2B Howie Kendrick - 2B
Alex Rios - CF Garret Anderson - DH
Scott Rolen - 3B Vladimir Guerrero - RF
Matt Stairs - DH Torii Hunter - CF
Lyle Overbay - 1B Casey Kotchman - 1B
Rod Barajas - C Maicer Izturis - SS
Brad Wilkerson - RF Jeff Mathis - C
David Eckstein - SS Robb Quinlan - 3B

The Jays won their 3rd straight yesterday, and continue to set high watermarks regarding their record. Even better, it was another quality outing for the offense, as they jumped all over pitcher Jered Weaver, forcing him to a high pitch count and cruising to the victory. Many pitched in, but Lyle Overbay (3-5 with 2 HRs, 3 runs and 3 RBI) and Scott Rolen (3-5 with a triple, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI) lead the attack, and Dustin McGowan pitched adequately if unspectacularly, yielding 7 hits (6 singles and a double) and 1 walk over his 6 innings, while striking out 6. The Jays bullpen breezed through the final 3 innings, with Frasor, Tallet, Benitez, and Camp combining for 6 Ks and 1 walk through the three innings, and no hits allowed. Benitez was particularly impressive, striking out the side in the 8th (granted, the game was over by then) and only needing 13 pitches, 10 of them strikes, to do so. Rod Barajas and Marco Scutaro continue to do a fine job filling in, each reaching base twice and driving in a run apiece. Brad Wilkerson had a good game as well, in his quest to keep his job following Wells' return.

In today's game, Shaun Marcum pitches against John Lackey in what should be a good matchup. Lackey has looked great since coming off the DL, and Marcum has been great pretty much all season so far. The Angels are reworking their lineup a little from yesterday's game, while the Jays stick with the same lineup that scored 10 runs last night. Aaron Hill continues to miss time after leaving Thursday's game with a concussion caused by a collision with David Eckstein in which he took an elbow to the face. I hope Aaron is feeling a little better today.

Let's go Jays!!!