Angels 7 Blue Jays 1
Sometime it feels like the Jays will never win again. When we are playing bad, Tabler bothers me more than normal. After the game, Pat says the team will have to get hitting if they want to win the series. Ummmm I’m not a math wizard, but if you lose the first two games of a four game series I don’t think you are winning it.
The little things are cause troubles, but then the big thing (not hitting) is losing them games.
Today, second inning, T.J. Zeuch had two very softly hit swinging bunt singles and a walk, loading the bases with two outs. He was really unlucky on the two hits. Then he got an easy ground ball to Bo Bichette at short. Bo had trouble getting it out of his glove (second time he’s had that problem in two days) and then made a rushed throw to second, late, Dexter Fowler was safe (and hurt). Bo could have made the throw to first and had the out easy. And a guy who has played short as long as he has, he should have known that was the play. Run scores.
Next batter, Shohei Ohtani doubles and suddenly it is 4-0. All 4 runs are unearned, but the way we’ve been hitting 4 runs might as well be 15.
Zeuch gave up 3 earned runs in the fifth to even things out.
On offense, the slump continues. I don’t know what it is. It seems there will be a bad call, early in the at bat, putting the batter behind and then they swing at everything. From the heels.
Tonight we had a big 5 hits, 4 singles and a double. Just called up Josh Palacios and seldom used Jonathan Davis fit right in, going 0 for 7 with 5 strikeouts combined. Alejandro Kirk continued his 0 for the season with 3 hitless at bats.
We finally scored in the eighth. A single by Marcus Semien and a double by Randal Grichuk, plus a wild pitch brought in a run. But that was it.
Bo Bichette, in particular looks lost at the plate. I thought he was coming around, but tonight he just looked bad.
Lourdes Gurriel came out of the game because of a reaction to his vaccine shot. Hopefully he won’t be out long, because the outfield of Palacios, Davis, and Biggio is not going to cut it.
No Jays of the day. Opener David Phelps had the high number, a .050 for his good inning of work.
Suckage: Zeuch had the number (-.341 WPA), but it seems unfair as most of the runs against him were unearned. Let’s give one to the entire batting lineup.
Tomorrow’s game is at 1:00 Eastern, maybe they can find the bats without holes in by then.
We had 761 comments in the game thread. DangYouToHeck led us to crushing defeat.
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