LA Angels win 6-2, to complete Blue Jays sweep
Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun both homered, as Tyler Skaggs pitched the four-hit ball into the seventh inning. This ensured the Angels completed a three-game sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays with a 6-2 victory on Thursday night.
Albert Pujols had two doubles for the Angels. They have now won six of their past seven after losing nine of 10. They swept the Jays at the Angel Stadium for the first time since April 2002. Also, they won all three games. Furthermore, with a combination of power hitting, resilient pitching and big plays from the field.
“It’s good to go out this way,” Pujols said. “We’ve been struggling on the road (4-10). So we just need to keep playing as we have been here.”
Brian Goodwin had three hits for the Angels, who fly to Monterrey, Mexico, on Friday for a two-game “home” weekend series with the Houston Astros, followed by three additional U.S. stops. The itinerary is daunting, but the Angels are encouraged.
“A monster trip is an understatement,” Skaggs said. “It was nice to sweep them and have a happy flight.”
Calhoun hit a two-run shot in the second inning. Before, Trout added a solo homer in the sixth. Trout’s drive was his sixth extra-base hit since April 7. Furthermore, he has back-to-back multi-hit games for the first time since April 4th-5th.
Randal Grichuk had an RBI double for the Blue Jays. The Jays had won nine of their previous 12 before getting swept by the Angels for the first time since 2013.
Also, Aaron Sanchez (3-2) gave up nine hits and two walks in four innings for the Jays. He took his first loss in five starts.
“It’s just brutal, to be honest,” Sanchez said of the three-game sweep. “We go out there and play so well (against Oakland last week). And then get embarrassed. The guys weren’t ready to play. We go on to the next one.”
Pujols doubled leading off the second, and Calhoun drove him home with his team-leading eighth homer. Although Calhoun’s average is hovering around .200, his power has spiked: He didn’t hit his eighth homer last season until July 13.
The Angels added another run in the third when Andrelton Simmons singled, advanced on Pujols’ second double and scored on Kevan Smith’s bases-loaded walk. Los Angeles got two more in the fourth when Simmons’ RBI single rolled past Alen Hanson on the right.
“We didn’t really play that good in the whole series,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. “Our pitching struggled, and we didn’t make a lot of plays. No excuses. They outplayed us.”
Skaggs (3-2) didn’t allow a hit until a leadoff double in the fifth by Brandon Drury. Grichuk knocked in a run in the sixth, but Skaggs escaped the jam when Simmons turned a smart double play by allowing Drury’s short drive to drop in front of him at shortstop with two runners on.
“I don’t know that I’ve seen a smarter player than Andrelton Simmons in the field,” Angels manager Brad Ausmus said.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. got the night off for the first time since his ballyhooed call-up last week. The son of the Angels’ Hall of Fame slugger is 3 for 18 with six strikeouts in the big leagues, and he went 0 for 6 with two walks at Angel Stadium.