May 12: Toronto 7, Anaheim 3
After hitting zero homers in his first 31 games, Mike Trout homered for his third straight game. This one came in the ninth inning, and didn’t mean a whole lot as it only brought his Angels to within 2-7. Juan Guzman finally had an excellent start for Toronto after having perhaps the worst beginning of the season of any starting pitcher. His one run allowed in 6.1 innings brought his ERA to 8.69, still the league worst among qualified pitchers. Every Blue Jay contributed one or two hits.
R H BB ANA 000 000 102 - 3 10 6 TOR 010 122 01x - 7 13 5 HR: M. Trout (3), T. Glaus (5), E. Encarnacion (2) starters IP R ER HR BB SO D. Chance 5.1 6 6 1 3 5 J. Guzman 6.1 1 1 1 4 1 ANA 12-23, TOR 14-20
May 13: Toronto 10, Anaheim 9
This was a boring Toronto blowout heading into the top of the ninth. Toronto had built up a 9-1 lead. Jose Bautista homered in consecutive plate appearances in the fifth and sixth inning. Doyle Alexander continued his out of nowhere great start, but after the first two Angels batters reached in the top of the ninth, Blue Jay skipper Cito Gaston figured it was a good time to get Shaun Marcum, the last man on the bullpen depth chart, a little work. Marcum got his first batter out, then gave up an RBI single to Troy Glaus. Up next, Bob Boone hit into an RBI fielder’s choice. Two outs, Toronto up 9-4. No problem. Except then Lloyd Moseby flubbed Rod Carew’s fly ball, Bobby Grich walked, Tim Salmon hit a double, and Vladimir Guerrero hit a double, and all of a sudden Anaheim was within a run. Gaston then turned to the first man in his bullpen, Tom Henke, who promptly served up a game-tying home run to Wally Joyner, capping off a stunning eight run ninth inning to tie the game. Henke got his next man for the third out, and Toronto unexpectedly came to bat again in the bottom of the ninth. Fred McGriff led off, and didn’t wallow in disappointment. Instead, he launched Francisco Rodriguez’s first pitch into the seats to walk off a wild win. McGriff joined Mickey Mantle and Lou Gehrig atop the home-run leader board with his 10th dong.
R H BB ANA 000 000 018 - 9 11 2 TOR 010 042 021 - 10 13 4 HR: W. Joyner (2), J. Bautista-2 (7), F. McGriff (10) starters IP R ER HR BB SO N. Ryan 4.0 5 5 1 3 5 D. Alexander 8.0 3 2 0 2 3 ANA 12-24, TOR 15-20
May 14: Anaheim 8, Toronto 3
While Doyle Alexander is Toronto’s fifth starter pitching like an ace, Roy Halladay started opening day but has pitched like a fifth starter. The weak Anaheim offense was a good candidate to help Halladay get back on track, but his struggles continued and Anaheim piled up the singles and doubles against him in the early innings. Then Guerrero took him deep to lead off the fifth, and Halladay’s day was done.
Bobby Grich pitched in with four hits for Anaheim. Andy Messersmith has been solid for the Angels, and had another good day in which Toronto only mustered three walks and three singles against him. They bunched four of those up in the second inning to score their only runs of the day. Messersmith has surprised with his strikeout ability, and ten more in this game brought him all the way up to second in the league with 62.
R H BB ANA 140 110 100 - 8 15 2 TOR 030 000 000 - 3 3 3 HR: V. Guerrero (6) starters IP R ER HR BB SO A. Messersmith 8.0 3 3 0 3 10 R. Halladay 4.0 7 7 1 0 3 ANA 13-24, TOR 15-21