Charlie Montoyo has been saying it for days about the Blue Jays’ offense: We’re gonna hit. Just be patient. It’s coming.
After eight games and a two-hour-and-40-minute rain delay, Toronto’s offensive breakout was well worth the wait.
Montoyo’s comments came in the context of Toronto lacking its full arsenal of weapons, including its top offseason acquisition (George Springer) and its reigning Silver Slugger Award winner (Teoscar Hernández). But the Blue Jays’ manager has expressed faith in his lineup’s ability to put together a complete performance — even as an incomplete group.
That complete performance took shape in one weird and wonderful half-inning on Saturday, as the Blue Jays rode an early seven-run frame to a 15-1 victory over the Angels at TD Ballpark in Dunedin, Fla. They posted their first double-digit hit total of 2021 and scored more runs than in their past four games combined.
The aforementioned weirdness came with two on and none out in the second inning, when Danny Jansen hit a grounder to the right side. Albert Pujols threw to second for José Iglesias, whose return throw to first missed badly because he was simultaneously slid into by Jonathan Davis. In a strange turn of events, both managers sought a replay review and Davis was ultimately awarded second base (Iglesias was off the bag by the time he caught the ball).
Josh Palacios followed with a perfect bunt down the third-base line for his first MLB hit, and he scored on a three-run double from Randal Grichuk. Production came throughout the lineup, and seven Blue Jays reached base at least twice.