Goodwin strikes homer to give the LA Angels the win over Toronto Blue Jays
Brian Goodwin struck a tie-breaking homer during the eighth inning, while Griffin Canning struck out six while pitching in the fifth inning of his MLB debut. This resulted in the Los Angeles Angels beating the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3 victory on Tuesday evening.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went zero for two with two walks. This was his first road game of his career; ironically coming in his Hall of Fame father’s home ballpark. The highly regarded Blue Jay rookie drew a leadoff walk in the ninth. But Hansel Robles got three quick outs for his second save.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Lucroy hit a two-run homer. Ty Buttrey pitched the eighth inning for LA. They have now won four of their past five; after struggling through the previous two weeks on fixtures.
Toronto had retired eleven straight Angels players before Goodwin connected off a pitch by Ryan Tepera. This was the fourth homer of his strong start with with the Angels.
Meanwhile, Brandon Drury hit his third homer in his last four games for the Blue Jays. Toronto had previously won three straight and nine of their previous 12 fixtures.
However, Canning retired his first ten batters and struck out five straight at one point during the most anticipated LA pitching debut in several years. The Orange County native tired later in the encounter. But he still left the game to a standing ovation in the fifth innings after pitching a four-hit ball.
The former UCLA star is the most promising rotation prospect to emerge purely from Los Angeles’ once-ravaged farm system in recent years. Something that the home fans were well aware of, and showed their gratitude at that moment.
The same fans also gave several warm ovations to Guerrero. He had spent his summers in Orange County during his father’s six seasons with the Halos. Meanwhile, Vladimir Jr. has fond memories of Angels games and Disneyland trips before he began the baseball career that led to his hotly anticipated debut last week for the Jays. On which, he went 3 for 12 with a double in his first three games.
Vladimir Sr. chose the Angels’ cap for his Hall of Fame plaque. However, he didn’t attend the opener in Anaheim. He stated that he wanted the spotlight to be solely on his son.
In a post on social media, he said: “As much as I would like to be at Angel Stadium … at such a special place for my entire family and for me, I totally respect that he is now a major league player and has a responsibility to the Toronto Blue Jays, to his teammates and to the city of Toronto. It is his moment, not mine, and I respect it wholeheartedly.”
The youngster struck out and grounded out to shortstop on his two at-bats against Canning. The Angels player didn’t allow a baserunner until Freddy Galvis’ one-out single during the fourth inning. The Blue Jays eventually scored on Canning’s wild pitch, but Canning escaped the bases-loaded jam.
Meanwhile, Andrelton Simmons singled off Clay Buchholz during the fourth inning and stole second before scoring on a single from Tommy La Stella. Stella then came home on Lucroy’s second homer for his new team.
But Drury followed up his 11th-inning run against Oakland on Sunday with a single strike to the right to lead off in the fifth inning. Also, Teoscar Hernandez then doubled and scored on pinch hitter Billy McKinney’s groundout.