Ohtani and Trout star in Angels win over Blue Jays
It was more disappointment for Edwin Jackson on Monday evening. As the Blue Jays right-hander allowed seven runs on six hits, including three homers, over just 2/3 innings Monday in a 10-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
“I think my pitching’s just been horse (expletive), to be honest,” Jackson (1-5) said bluntly. “Since I’ve been here it’s point blank. Execution has been terrible.
“I know I’m better than that, I know that’s not who I am but that’s what I’ve shown since I’ve been here.”
Meanwhile, Shohei Ohtani hit one of the three Los Angeles homers during the seven-run second. This capped the offensive outburst with a three-run drive.
Also, Justin Upton homered on Jackson’s first pitch of the game. Cole Kalhoun added another solo shot just two pitches later. Before Mike Trout hit a bases-loaded double.
Jackson had his night ended after just 38 pitches.
“Every mistake I made in the zone they hit, which is what they’re supposed to do,” Jackson said.
This dismal inning followed a clean first frame from Blue Jays opener Derek Law. He struck out two of the three batters he faced.
It was the second time this season that Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo used the Law-Jackson combination to start a game. The Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles with it last week. However, Montoyo said before the game he’d continue the experiment as long as it worked.
“Edwin was so good last year that we keep waiting for him to find it. He hasn’t been able to find it,” Montoyo said after the loss. “I’m not telling you anything you don’t know, but that’s just what it is.”
Meanwhile, LA superstar Trout had four hits and drove in three runs. This included a fine solo shot during the sixth innings off reliever Nick Kingham for his 20th homer of the season. Also, Wilfred Tovar and Justin Bour added an RBI apiece.
Luis Garcia opened the game for the Angels. Felix Pena followed him for six innings and he allowed four runs, six hits and three walks with five strikeouts.
Cavan Biggio homered twice for the Jays, while Randal Grichuk also went deep.
Grichuk’s blast was a two-run homer in the seventh inning. While Biggio’s second sliced the Toronto deficit in half at 10-5 during the eighth and ended Pena’s night.
The game marked Biggio’s second multi-homer performance of his young career. Therefore he joined J.P. Arencibia as the only batters in the team’s history with two multi-homer games over their first 19 contests.
“I think just getting settled in and really slowing the game down,” Biggio said of what’s working for him at the plate. “My main goal is to hit the ball hard and get on base and when they make a mistake I just try to do the best I can do and I think that’s when you see that come into play.”
Biggio hit his first homer in the first inning, launching the ball to centre field below a ‘We The North banner’ on the second-deck facade that the Blue Jays put up to acknowledge the Raptors’ NBA championship.
Toronto held a parade for the Raptors earlier in the day and the Blue Jays played a video tribute for the NBA champions between the first and second innings, which was met with loud applause from the sparse crowd of 15,227.