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Jays lose to Angels

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Angels 6 Blue Jays 3

That was all going well, until the top of the 6th inning. We scored a couple of runs, we should have scored more but it looked like we'd be adding more.

And J.A. Happ was cruising.

And then, in the 6th, it all fell apart. Happ gave up a leadoff ground rule double, but we weren't worried, Happ had this. Then a walk and well, maybe we were worried a little.

Then he got the ground ball up the middle that would have been an easy double play. Instead it hit Happ's foot and went straight towards the Jays dugout, a hard luck single.Totally unfair.

After making sure J.A. was OK, Mike Trout catches one just off the end of his bat and it bounces just out of reach of Josh Donaldson. 2 runs in and the game is tied. An Albert Pujols single and we are down and Happ is out of the game. Joe Biagini gets a double play ball, but that scores another run and we are down 2.

Happ's line ends up at 5 innings, 6 hits, 4 earned, 1 walk and 6 strikeouts.

We'd give up another 2 runs in the 7th. It was Biagini's turn to have some hard luck. A ground ball single and then a bunt single put runners on 1st and 2nd. It looked like we would get out of it, Kaleb Cowart popped up a bunt that Biagini caught and almost turned into a double play. A fly out later, Gibby brought Brett Cecil in to face lefty Kole Calhoun. Five bad pitches later, he was walked and Joaquin Benoit came in to give up a single to Mike Trout. And we were down by 4.

Offensively, we had 7 hits and 3 walks. We had some hard hit balls that went straight into gloves, but we should have done better against Jered Weaver's soft stuff.

We scored:

  • 1 in the 2nd inning: Melvin Upton (double), Ezequiel Carrera (error) and Darwin Barney (walk) loaded the bases with 1 out. Jose Bautista hit a hard line drive to deep right, but was caught for a sac fly. Then Donaldson lined one to center that just hung up long enough for Trout to catch. We got a run, but it should have been more.
  • 1 in the 4th: Donaldson crushed one into the Flight Deck in dead center. That ball was ruined.
  • 1 in the 9th: Upton hit another leadoff double and there was a moment of hope. But Carrera and Barney each struck out looking. A Bautista double drove in Melvin and I was hoping Donaldson would reach and let Edwin come up as the tying run. Instead it was a line out to end the game.
Upton was the only Jay to have multiple hits, he had 3, 2 of them doubles and he had a steal. It's nice to see him hitting. Martin, Tulo, Carrera, and Barney had the 0 fors.

Upton gets the Jay of the Day with a .113 WPA.

Suckage: Happ (-.295), Barney (-.123) and Benoit (-.092). Let's give an honorary one to Cecil for the walk.

Tomorrow the Twins come to town. Hopefully we play better ball.

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