Blue Jays Break Out in Dunedin Versus Angels

[Box Score]

After a 2 hour 45-minute rain delay, people were given an extra Saturday night game to watch late in Dunedin when the Blue Jays welcomed the Los Angeles Angels. However, if you tuned in to see Mike Trout and the Angels, this was a tough game for you. 

Instead, the Blue Jays collected double digit hits for the first time all season on the way to 15 runs scored. Interestingly enough, they didn’t hit a home run. 

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had two hits, two walks, two RBI, and added his first stolen base of the season. Bo Bichette had a career-high 5 runs batted in. 

For the Angels, their lone run came on an Anthony Rendon home run which was his first of the year. Finally, Steven Matz improved to 2-0 on the season with his second quality start in as many outings for the Blue Jays. Perhaps Matz isn’t the guy for offenses to pick on as he was the past few seasons as a New York Met. 

The Blue Jays improved their record to 4-5 on the season with the series wrapping up on Sunday. With the New York Yankees struggling to get their footing, the Tampa Rays appearing pedestrian, and the Red Sox and Orioles beating up on one another; it seems like the Jays might be a fun little team again like they were when they made the playoffs in 2021. 

Remember, they don’t even have George Springer in uniform yet due to injury and Lordes Gurriel Jr. missed the game because of COVID-19 vaccination complications. At the end of the day, this is a team that can probably score as many runs as anyone in the sport, it’s just a question of how many will their pitching staff yield.