That was a comedy of errors. The Jays played terrible defense. There were 3 official errors, but a number of other mistakes. They might not all have led to runs, but they extended innings and made pitchers work harder and pitch in tougher spots.
It was just an irritating start for Aaron Sanchez. He wasn’t good and he wasn’t getting help from his defense.
He got out of the first inning despite a single, walk and an error by Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Second inning started with a very nice jumping catch on a line drive by Vlad and ground out to Vlad. Then a single. And another hit to Brandon Drury who managed to play it into a double, allowing the runner on first to score. Then Mike Trout hit a ball that may still be flying. Two quick outs and then 3 runs score.
The third inning started with a single. Then a hard hit ground ball that went right through Rowdy Tellez at first. He really should have, at very knocked the ball down and gotten the out at first, but should have caught it and at least had the out at second. You can’t let it go right past you for a double. Well, I guess you can, cause he did.
Next batter hits one back to Aaron for an ground out. Or so we thought. But he clipped Danny Jansen’s glove and was awarded first on Catchers Interference. Two plays that could have gotten us out of the inning, instead the bases were loaded, for Mike Trout. He, of course, hit another home run. Aaron would get two more outs, give up a walk and that was the game.
In total, 3.2 innings, 9 hits, 7 runs, 6 earned, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts for Aaron. He wasn’t as bad as the line, a little help from his defense would have been nice, but he wasn’t good.
We had 2.1 good innings from Justin Shafer, giving up just 1 hit and getting 2 strikeouts.
Then Derek Law came in and had more troubles. He gave up a single and a walk and a strikeout. Then he got a high hopper that bounced over Freddy Galvis’ head and got past Vlad. when Vlad got to the ball, the Angels’ lead runner had stopped at third (I don’t know why) but the next runner rounded second. Vlad threw to second but was just late. It was hard to believe both Freddy and Vlad could misjudge that so badly.
Next batter ground one to Law...an easy double play ball, but Law (who throws a ball for a living) threw well wide of second. Two runs scored. Unearned, even though it was his error
A 2-run game became a 4-run game.
Jordan Romano came in and got 5 outs, giving up just a home run, but he also struck out Mike Trout. He had 3 strikeouts.
David Phelps pitched the ninth. He gave up singles, one that Brandon Drury made a diving attempt on in right field and one that fell in front of Gurriel in left, both catchable if the outfielders aren’t playing so deep. A hit batter loaded the bases with no outs. Phelps got a ground ball force out at the plate (nice play by Tellez) and strikeout to bring up Trout, who singled (which seems like a victory (to drive in his 7th run of the game.
Offensively, well, we scored 6 runs. We only had 6 hits, but 6 walks.
The offensive star was Rowdy Tellez, who had a 3-run homer in the second (which tied the game at that point) and a solo homer in the eighth). And we scored 2 runs in the fourth. Back-to-back walks to Cavan Biggio and Danny Jansen, to start off the inning and 2-out Eric Sogard single to score them.
Tellez and Sogard had 4 of the 6 hits. Galvis and Vlad had one each.
Jays of the Day: Tellez (.171 WPA), Sogard (.123) and Shafer (.088).
Suckage: Sanchez (-.513, I think half of that should go to the defense, but he wasn’t good at all). Law (-.133) and Gurriel (-.092).
We had 621 comments in the thread. Delv213 led the way. I’ll admit Buck’s non-stop talking grated on me tonight. I’d imagine it wasn’t much different than normal, but I had no patience for it.