Angels collapse beating tired Blue Jays 12-0
TORONTO – Shohei Ohtani’s two-run triple was part of a five-run second inning to help the Los Angeles Angels snap a six-game losing streak with a 12-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Friday.
The Angels (53-73) won just the second time in 11 games, while Toronto (68-56) lost just the second time in nine games.
The Blue Jays returned home after their successful 6-1 eight-day trip to New York and Boston at 4:30 a.m. Friday.
They didn’t take batting practice and went home with an overworked bullpen after two overtime games in Boston.
To make matters worse, right fielder Teoscar Hernandez left after two innings with a bruised left foot before 40,754 at Rogers Center.
He fell to the ground in the batter’s box in the first inning after fouling on a foot pitch.
In the second inning, the Angels scored two runs on a double from David Fletcher’s left-field fence with the bases loaded. Ohtani then hit a double off the fence into left field.
Hernandez was in position to make the catch but stopped running. The ball landed 10 feet to his right.
Angels shortstop Andrew Velazquez increased the visitor’s lead with a two-run homer, his seventh, to right field in the third inning.
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Blue Jays starter Mitch White (1-4) went five innings and was responsible for seven runs on eight hits with three walks and five strikeouts.
Struggling Blue Jays southpaw Yusei Kikuchi relieved White and struck out six batters in three innings. But he gave up a solo shot to left field from Jo Adell in the seventh inning and a two-run shot from Mike Trout in the eighth for his 27th.
Toronto had just four hits against Angels starter Reid Demers (5-4). He went 5 1/3 innings, striking out five and striking out three for the Blue Jays.
Blue Jays infielder/outfielder Whit Merrifield pitched the ninth and allowed Adell a two-run shot.
Merrifield left the bases loaded in the sixth inning, crashing into Velazquez. Santiago Espinal flew to the center with the bases loaded in the eighth.
Blue Jays interim manager John Schneider has announced that George Springer could return to center field in “the next few days”.
Since returning from the injured list nine games ago, he’s been the designated hitter, going 18-for-36 (.500) with a 1-for-4 outing on Friday.
When Danny Jansen hit his 10th homer in the sixth inning at Fenway Park on Thursday, he and Alejandro Kirk (12 homers) became just the fourth catching duo in Blue Jays history to each 10-or-more homer belt in a season. .
The others were: Buck Martinez (10) and Ernie Whitt (11) in 1982 and 1983 with 10 and 17 home runs respectively. Bengie Molina (19) and Gregg Zaun (12) also accomplished the feat in 2006.
Alek Manoah (12-6) is making his 25th start for Toronto in 2022, taking on Ohtani (10-8) in the second outing of the three-game set.
Members of the 1992 Blue Jays World Series champion team will be honored with a pre-game ceremony to celebrate their 30th anniversary.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 26, 2022.
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