Lost weekend: Angels keep Blue Jays bats quiet in completing 3-game sweep
Los Angeles hits 4 home runs while Toronto held to 3 runs on 17 hits in series
Even though the lowly Los Angeles Angles swept his Toronto Blue Jays, interim manager John Schneider will refrain from a furniture-tossing fit of anger to rally his club.
"I'm never the type of guy who will go in there and flip the table," Schneider said. "At this point, it's up to the players to say, 'this is not good enough.'
"You trusted the guys who are leaders and the guys who are veterans to take care of that."
The Blue Jays left home on Aug. 17, bound for a vital road stint with stops against the New York Yankees.
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Toronto was coming off a horrible 2-4 homestand against the Cleveland Guardians and Baltimore Orioles. Still, the Blue Jays rebounded by taking six of seven against the Yankees and Red Sox.
They had a built-in excuse for the series opener against the Angels because of an overworked bullpen in a pair of extra-inning wins to close out the Red Sox. There also was a late 4:30 a.m. arrival from Boston on Friday.
But the Blue Jays' offence never got on track, failing to score a run in the first 21 innings of the series.
"Coming off a really good road trip to get swept by the Angels, we didn't expect it," Blue Jays starter Ross Stripling said. "But they came and punched us in the mouth.
"The word that's going to follow the 2022 Blue Jays for the years to come is streaky. We've had more highs and lows this year than any team I've been a part of. You're not going to see us get too down because, after lows, we've had a lot of highs."
"You've got to rely on your leaders in situations like this," Stripling said. "Guys who have been here for a while or have been on teams that have had ups and downs.
"Guys like [George] Springer, Whit Merrifield, Jackie [Bradley Jr.], myself, David Phelps. We have good leaders in the locker room who we've relied on all year to be vocal and to lead by example."
'Every game is important'
The Blue Jays not only struggled at the plate against the Angels but were sloppy on the field. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. muffed a throw from shortstop Bo Bichette that cost a run in the eighth inning.
"Guys are going to have to look at the standings and understand that every game is important," Schneider said. "Three hours out of your day needs to be completely focused on trying to win."
Stripling (6-4) surrendered three runs on seven hits with six strikeouts in six innings, ending Toronto's five-game win streak with Stripling on the mound.
He gave up a two-out, two-run homer to Rengifo in the third inning and a solo blast to 38-year-old catcher Kurt Suzuki in the fourth inning on change-up pitches.
After being blanked in the series' first two games, the Blue Jays ended their run-less streak at 21 innings in the bottom of the fourth.
Angels starter Tucker Davidson lasted four innings, giving up a run with five strikeouts and five walks. Reliever Andrew Wantz (2-0) registered the win.
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