The Jays had a three game series with the Angels.
Blue Jays 1 Angels 3
Aaron Sanchez’ second start went much better than his first. He went 5.2 innings, allowed just 2 hits, an unearned run, 2 walks with 2 strikeouts. The run scored in the fifth. Yonder Alonso led off with a double. A ground out moved him to third and a Bo Bichette error allowed him to score. Aaron got the first two outs of the sixth, then walked Mike Trout (not an unreasonable thing to do) and was pulled for Kyle Crockett.
Crockett got the last out of the inning. But Crockett gave up four straight one out hits in the seventh, allowing 2 runs. He also got the first out of the eighth. Sam Coonrod got the last two outs of the eighth.
Crockett has a mild shoulder strain, day-to-day for about a week.
We didn’t do near enough on offense, just 4 hits. We scored our run on Travis Shaw’s 28th home run. He also had a single. Randal Grichuk and Lourdes Gurriel had our other two hits.
Andrew Heaney went 6.2 for the Angels, allowing just 2 hits with 7 strikeouts.
The offense hasn’t been great of late. I’m hoping they pick it up soon.
There were some MLB trades today as the deadline gets closer:
- The Angels traded 19-year-old minor league pitcher Jean Carlos Lucas and 24-year-old minor league pitch Luis Pena to the Mariners for 36-year-old pitcher Yoshihisa Hirano. Hirano had a 4.66 ERA in 9 games with the Mariners, but the spend most of the season in AAA. Neither Lucas or Pena look like prospects.
- The Mariners also shipped Kevin Pillar (who they picked up off waivers from the Red Sox) to the Cubs for 19-year-old minor league catcher Ethan Hearn and 23-year-old minor league second baseman Nelson Maldonado. Pillar hit .274/.296/.406 with 7 home runs in 80 games with the M’s. Hearns is a reasonable prospect, but he’s playing in Rookie ball.
- The Royals sent 34-year-old reliever Greg Holland and minor league pitcher Alec Marsh to the Angels for minor league outfielders Romer Cuadrado, Juan Araugo and Brandon Wulff (pretty middling prospects). Holland had a 4.54 ERA in 40 games for the Royals.
Blue Jays 6 Angels 5 (10 innings)
All the scoring was done by the end of the fifth until we got the winning run in the tenth.
The winning run came on a Randal Grichuk home run, his second of the game. He is up to 21 on the season.
Our starter, Tanner Roark, had a rough time of it. 5 runs in 3 innings. In the first, Shohei Ohtani had a solo homer and Jo Adell had a 2-run shot. In the third, he gave up back-to-back homers from Corey Dickerson and Yonder Alonso.
But the bullpen was great:
- Chase Anderson, who was awful in his starts, was good again in relief. 3.2 scoreless innings. On the season his ERA is 8.88 as a starter and 2.45 as a reliever.
- Eduardo Jimenez had 2 scoreless innings.
- Anthony Bass got the last out of the ninth, after Jimenez gave up a 2-out double. Bass got the win for getting the one out.
- Ken Giles give up just a single in the tenth, getting his 24th save.
After a few days of crappy offense, the Jays had 15 hits today. 3 each from Vladimir Guerrero, Rowdy Tellez and Danny Jansen. 2 each from Cavan Biggio, Bo Bichette, Grichuk (both homers for Randal).
- 3 in the second: Bo and Rowdy started the inning with doubles and Jansen hit a 2-run homer, which tied the game after the Angels scored 3 in the bottom of the first.
- 1 in the fourth: Grichuk’s first home run.
- 1 in the fifth: Vlad and Bo had back-to-back doubles.
And then, of course, the homer in the tenth.
JoDs to Randal, Chase, Jimenez, Giles, Jansen.
43,630 sim fans came out to the park.
Jays are 65-43, 5.5 up on the Rays
- Jordan Lyles, of the Rangers, had a season ending injury. He was 7-4 with a 3.58 ERA in 25 games and 15 starts. The Rangers also lost starter Lance Lynn for the season for the season, he was 6-7 with a 5.04 in 23 starts. Losing two starters won’t help the 52-56 Rangers. They have put Luke Farrell and Preston Morrison into their rotation.
- The Marlins traded 30-year-old first baseman Jesus Aguilar to the Nationals for 32-year-old outfielder Yadiel Hernandez. Aguilar is hitting .216/.302/.380 with 11 home runs in 96 games. Hernandez .309/.387/.574 with 7 home runs in 62 games.
Jays 3 Angels 7
Hyun-Jin Ryu had an excellent start. 6 innings, 2 hits, 1 unearned, no walks with 6 strikeouts. The unearned run scored on a Guerrero error.
Unfortunately Rafael Dolis wasn’t good. He gave up 2 runs (a Jason Castro homer) while getting 1 out. Eduardo Jimenez gave up a solo homer to Mike Trout before getting out of the seventh. And then he gave up a 2-run homer to Brian Goodwin in the eight.
On offense we had 7 hits. Vlad had his 21st home run (a solo homer) and Bo Bichette had his 32nd home run (a 2-run homer). Bo had 3 hits, Vlad had 2 (they also each had an error).
Vlad has brought his numbers up from -.269/.362/.455 to .295/.372/.509 in the past month.
Jays are now 65-44, 5.5 games up on the Rays.
Let’s give a JoD to Ryu.
In Jays news: New Hampshire and Toronto exchanged Jimenezes, Dany coming up and Eduardo going down.
- Royals traded LHP Tim Hill (5.85 ERA in 26 games) to Cleveland for minor leaguer Reny Artiles (RHP, 18, 3.40 ERA in Rookie ball).
- The A’s traded CF Dustin Fowler (25, spent most of the season with the AAA Las Vegas Aviators, hitting .366/.403/.686 with 21 home runs in 72 games. It is the PCL) to the Diamondbacks for RHPs Archie Bradley (27, 5.74 ERA in 35 games) and Conor Grammes (23, playing in High-A, 5.84 ERA in 47 innings) and $1.54 million.
August 30th is a off-day for the Jays and then they start a 3-game series at home vs the Orioles.
Notes: Alford is in Buffalo
Notes: Shoemaker, Gaviglio, Font, Thornton are in Buffalo. Moran and Eduardo Jimenez are in New Hampshire.