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Bo Bichette, Toronto Blue Jays win laugher over Los Angeles Angels

Apr 10, 2021; Dunedin, Florida, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Steven Matz (22) delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning at TD Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 10, 2021; Dunedin, Florida, USA; Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Steven Matz (22) delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning at TD Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

A seven-run second inning gave the Toronto Blue Jays a big lead early and they cruised to a 15-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night in Dunedin, Fla.

The game started after a 2 1/2-hour rain delay, but it didn’t take long for the Blue Jays to put the Angels into a huge hole, thanks to one pivotal play.

The Blue Jays had runners on first and second with nobody out in the second inning when catcher Danny Jansen hit a grounder to first baseman Albert Pujols.

Pujols threw to second to force out Jonathan Davis, whose slide took out the legs of shortstop Jose Iglesias. Iglesias’ throw to first was wide, allowing Jansen to reach first safely and Santiago Espinal to score all the way from second.

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The Angels requested a replay review of the play at second, suggesting Davis’ slide was out of the baseline and interfered with Iglesias’ throw. After two separate reviews, not only was the slide ruled acceptable, but Iglesias was ruled to be off the bag at second, overturning the out call.

Iglesias was charged with two errors on the play, but it only got worse from there for the Angels.

Later in the inning, Angels starter Jose Quintana (0-1) gave up a bases-loaded walk to Bo Bichette, then another bases-loaded walk to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. before Randal Grichuk drove in three with a bases-loaded double.

The frustration boiled over for Angels manager Joe Maddon in the top of the third after he requested a review of a close play at first. Angels right fielder Juan Lagares was ruled out in a close play and the review confirmed the call. Maddon expressed his displeasure from the dugout and was tossed from the game.

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Bichette finished with two doubles, five RBIs and three runs scored, Espinal had three hits and Josh Palacios, making his second career major league start, had four hits and scored four runs.

Blue Jays starter Steven Matz (2-0) gave up one run on five hits and three walks in six innings to get the win.

The Angels scored their only run of the game on a home run by Anthony Rendon, his first of the season in the fourth inning.

–Field Level Media