Toronto Blue Jays lose 6-3
Mike Trout struck a three-run double during the fourth innings, which sparked the Los Angeles Angels to a 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night.
Trout went two-for-four with a walk. He has now reached base in all 28 games he has appeared in this season. Trout set a club record for reaching base in consecutive games to start the season. He did this by passing the previous mark of 27 set by Darin Erstad in 2000.
The Angels man leads the MLB with 30 walks. However, when he went to the plate during the with the bases loaded and one out, Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman had nowhere to put him. On a 2-1 count, Trout laced a ball into the left-field corner. Therefore scoring all three baserunners to increase the LA lead from 2-0 to 5-0.
Trout has also had success in his career when the bases have been loaded. He has batted .397. This includes a pop out during the fifth in Wednesday’s game.
Trout’s double in the fourth inning was the end to the night for Stroman. The Blue Jay player allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings. Therefore, it was his shortest outing of the season thus far.
LA took a 1-0 lead during the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Albert Pujols before they doubled the advantage on a bases-loaded walk by Tommy La Stella.
Speaking to reporters after the matchup. Trout said: “I think my last week or two, I really started to feel better at the plate. I went through a couple of games where I just felt something off, but I’ve just got to keep trying to get back to the way I was, and so it was good to see that ball go through.”
After Trout made it 5-0, the Blue Jays broke through against the Angels’ Felix Pena during the fifth inning. Reliever Luke Bard pitched a scoreless first before Pena took over in the second. He kept the Jays off the board until Rowdy Tellez homered heading into the fifth.
Angels coach Brad Ausmas was thrilled with his performance. He said: “That’s why he’s such a great hitter. Even when he’s not necessarily making his best contact, he’s still on base and allowing guys to drive him in.”
The Angels added a run at the end of the fifth before Randal Grichuk’s two-run homer in the sixth innings narrowed the Jays deficit to 6-3.
Rowdy Tellez also homered for the Jays. Toronto had won nine of 12 MLB fixtures, before losing the first two in this three-game series.
Stroman’s ERA rose from 1.43 to 2.20 after he gave up six hits and two walks on his 28th birthday.
“I didn’t have a great feel, but it was just a weird night,” Stroman said. “A lot of weird things happened. I’m not even slightly worried about it. You’re going to have games like this. Some of those ground balls could have gone right at guys.”
Meanwhile, Guerrero went zero for four with two strikeouts in the second road game of his MLB career; at his father’s longtime home ballpark. The 20-year-old prodigy barely missed his first career homer when his high fly to the left only reached the warning track in the eighth.
“He’s a kid,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. “He’s going to have ups and downs. He made a couple of errors, but he also made a couple of good plays. He’s going to be fine.”
The beginning of his career hasn’t been too dissimilar to a certain Angels player. Reflecting on this, Trout said: “I wouldn’t say it was as much as Vladdy, but there was attention, there was pressure.
“That first month I was here it was just trying to slow the game down. It was so fast; everything sped up so quick, it was tough. At the time, it wasn’t good for me when I got sent back down, but realizing what I needed to do to get back up here and preparing myself helped me in the long run.”