The Toronto Blue Jays came down to earth quite abruptly on Friday after sweeping the Boston Red Sox. The Los Angeles Angels took down crowd favorites 12-0 at Rogers Center on Friday.
Acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this month, gunner Mitch White (1-4) had shown some great things in his first appearances on the Jays' mound. We'll come back, however, for the one of the day.
Used as a starting pitcher, White allowed eight runs on seven hits in five innings of work. However, it was mostly tackled in one and the same round: the second.
David Fletcher got the ball rolling with a one-run double to left field, before crossing the plate himself with Andrew Velazquez on a triple from the versatile Japanese Shohei Ohtani. Luis Renfigo then drove in the team's fifth run on a single.
Velazquez added a solo long ball in the next inning and Mike Trout hit a two-run homer in the eighth.
Outfielder Jo Adell stretched his arms in the seventh and ninth innings to put the icing on the cake.
Meanwhile, the Jays struggled to reach the trails. Reid Detmers (5-4) allowed only four strikes to the safer spot in five and a third innings.
Canada's only major league team had a golden chance to score in the eighth inning, but couldn't send a single runner home with the bases loaded.
Also, the outfielder Tesocar Hernandez had to leave the game due to a contusion on his left foot.
John Schneider's men will have little time to forget this crushing defeat since they will meet the Angels on Saturday for the second duel of this series.
A missed opportunity for Charles Leblanc
In Miami, Quebecer Charles Leblanc was unable to offer the victory to the Marlins with his presence at bat alone and they lost 10 to 6 against to the mighty Los Angeles Dodgers.
At the end of the ninth inning, Leblanc, called as the designated hitter, had the victory at the end of his stick as the tie persisted. The Lavallois, however, gave in to reliever David Price (2-0) – who had already scored two outs – when the bases were loaded.
The Californian club then used its guns to score five extra-inning runs and put the game out of reach for the hosts. Mookie Betts, Trea Turner, Freddie Freeman and Max Muncy all produced runs in that decisive moment.
The loss went to Andrew Nardi (0-1), who was helpless in 10th inning. No less than eight gunners were used by the Marlins during the encounter.