After three relief appearances to start his 2014 season, Toronto Bluie Jays pitcher J.A. Happ is coming off his first start of the year, a win at Philadelphia Monday. The former Phillie allowed three hits in five scoreless frames of a 3-0 triumph.
Happ has faced the Angels once in his career when he allowed six hits and four runs -- three earned -- over 4 1/3 innings of Toronto's 4-3 home loss on Sept. 12, 2013.
Happ's counterpart, Tyler Skaggs, has 19 starts under his belt in his major league career and he's yet to lose on the road.
Skaggs tries to keep that mark unblemished when the Los Angeles Angels continue their four-games series with the Blue Jays Saturday afternoon.
The 22-year-old left-hander is 2-0 in five career road starts, compared to a 3-7 ledger in 14 home outings. In his most recent start, Sunday at home against Texas, Skaggs was shelled to the tune of eight hits and six runs over 2 2/3 innings of a 14-3 defeat. Both of Skaggs' road wins have come this season and he's given up just two earned runs in 15 innings.
The Angels won each of Skaggs' first six starts this season before falling to Texas. He's never faced the Blue Jays.
Last night, Erick Aybar hit two doubles, a triple and scored twice to help the Angels squeak out a 4-3 win.
Mike Trout smacked a solo homer and Howie Kendrick added two hits and an RBI for the Angels, who have won eight of their last nine against Toronto. Efren Navarro, who was called up prior to the game, had two doubles and a run scored.
Los Angeles starter Garrett Richards worked seven frames, fanning six and allowing two runs on five hits. Joe Smith (2-0) allowed one run in one inning to receive the win and Ernesto Frieri picked up his fourth save, setting down the side in order in the ninth.
"I've been working on my breaking ball (and) my fastball command," said Frieri. "I think I did a pretty good job today with my fastball and slider. I need to keep doing that for the rest of the season to be successful."
Jose Reyes went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run and two runs scored and Melky Cabrera had two hits and scored a run for the Blue Jays, who saw starter Dustin McGowan allow two runs on seven hits and two walks through five innings.
"We got through it. I didn't have any slider at all," said McGowan. "Luckily the changeup got me through and it's just one of those games you go out there and give it everything you got."
Brett Cecil (0-3) suffered the loss after allowing the go-ahead run in his one inning on the hill.
The Angels went 6-1 last season versus the Blue Jays, sweeping a three-game set in Toronto.