Angels Salvage a Split vs. Blue Jays; Ended Their Home Stand on a High Note… with Bees

Updated: September 18, 2016

Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

YOUR beloved Anaheim Angels are now 4-3 against the Blue Jays this season, which could have been awesome for the playoff picture, but it’s just another footnote on a lost season. Still, it’s fun to see our Angels spoil their fun, especially that the team, like the Blue Jays, who are trying to make up ground in the American League Eastern Division via taking the crown. They are chasing the Boston Red Sox, who won on Sunday evening against the New York Yankees, and this was their chance to take three-of-four in Anaheim, but the Angels are having none of that, whilst playing the role of spoiler once more.

Right hander Alex John Meyer did his part, with five scoreless innings, striking out seven Blue Jay batters while walking three and surrender just 2 hits. Meyer also picked up his first Angel victory in his fourth try. Jose Alfredo Valdez and Deolis Alexander Guerra picked up their fourth and fifth holds respectively while pitching in the visitor’s sixth and seventh innings; Juan Carlos Ramirez and Adam Joseph Achter pitched in the eighth and ninth inning; all four relievers combining for two hits, two bases on balls, and eight more strikeouts for a combined shutout. Before the game started, Meyer was working with his pitching delivery in making sure that his release is similar than what he did during his college career. Meyers is 6′ 9″ tall, making him one of the tallest pitchers in the Majors, and his arms and posture on the mound has led to some of the most devastating angles against right-handed batters; then, the injury bug came, as he was diagnosed with bicep tendinitis in 2013.

“Today was electric. He had great angle, great velocity, spinning the ball well, threw some good changeups … he was very pitch-efficient and effective. That’s a good lineup over there.” — Scioscia said on Meyer’s scoreless outing

In the offensive side for the Halos, however, they were more than enough to provide the victory and to end their home stand on a high note:

In the home half of the second, José Alberto Pujols Alcántara started the offense with a walk; then he moved up to second base, thanks to a hit that Christopher John Cron provided.  Andrelton A. Simmons grounded into a force out, but helped the situation via Pujols and Cron advancing to 3rd and 2nd respectively.

Then, after a 1-2 pitch from Blue Jays starter Marcus Earl Stroman, Rafael Ángel Ortega García was trying to swing, but catcher Dioner Favian Navarro Vivas interfered that swing, and was awarded first to load the bases. Juan Jose Graterol Montevideo grounds to second, where Devon Travis’ only play was to first; that gives Pujols to score the Angels’ first run of the game. After two, it was 1-0 Angels.

The home half of the fifth inning became a bit more interesting, and here’s the play-by-play:
– Calhoun strikes out via the foul tip; 1 out. Ouch.
– Trout later came and had a double via a line drive to José Bautista; that’s his 31st of the season and 174th of his Hall Of Fame career.
– Pujols singles up to Bautista, the right fielder, where he threw a laser to home plate, and there was play at the plate, but Trout made a miraculous play via a slide, where the tag from Navarro was missed ever so slightly, and Trout slides in and had his left hand touching home plate. The Blue Jays were thinking of challenging the play, but decided not to. Even Bautista was in disbelief and wonder how he was able to score. Simmons and Cron grounded out to conclude the fifth, where the Angels doubled their lead of 2-0.

Their final inning of offense came in the home half of the seventh, with a pitching change from the Blue Jays: Brett Aarion Cecil relieved Stroman, who was in line for the loss, and he did his job of striking out Calhoun for the first out. Then, there was another pitching change, when Joseph Carlo Biagini relieved Cecil. Needless to say, John Michael Gibbons did not made a wise decision:
– Trout walked on four pitches.
– Pujols singles to right via a soft grounder, giving Trout a good enough time to go from first to third.
– Cron made a sacrifice fly for Trout to score… because sometimes, sacrifices have to be made; Pujols stays put at first.
– Simmons walks after a 3-1 count; now, two are on with only one out.
– Ortega made a knock out blow by hitting a soft fly ball to left fielder Michael Edward Brett Saunders for a base hit; Pujols scores from second for the Angels to go up 4-0. Graterol pops out to the shortstop Troy Trevor Tulowitzki to end the seventh.

CAN YOU BEE-LIEVE IT? The game was postponed for thirteen minutes in the home half of the third inning, but all the buzz came from a swarm of bees that was descended upon the field. Edwin Elpidio Encarnación fell to a victim of a few bees, whom were hovering around him, leaving him to fend for himself by swatting away with his glove.

He would eventually had to go to the dugout in hoping to not get stung. It was later discover that the bees were in the middle part of the field. Trout had an interview with MLB correspondent Jack Baer after the game about the incident:

“I just looked at Encarnacion and he had about 12 of them on him. Flying around and landed on him. I looked up and there were just a bunch of them above him. I think they went into center field behind the wall. That’s where we saw them last.”

Angels manager Mike Scioscia pointed out to the media that this was deja vu all over again:

“I don’t know if it was the same swarm in Arizona that hit us last year. We’ve had them occasionally here. We’ve got to share the world. That’s the best way I can put it.”
Whatever the case, stay away from the bees; we need them for our honey supply. Stay safe, my friends.

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