Shohei Ohtani beats Blue Jays’ Alek Manoah as Toronto Bats shut up against Angels

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It was Shotime vs. Manoah Mania, a highly anticipated match that went over the billing.

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This marquee throwing duel between Shohei Ohtani and Alek Manoah had it all, moments of brilliance, dominance and pure drama.

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The Jays have played in far more meaningful games, traded hits and pitches against teams with far better records than Los Angeles, but Saturday turned out to be one of those scintillating days at the ballpark. .

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And fans have the game’s starters to thank.

Ohtani and Manoah went seven innings with the Angles clinging to a 1-0 lead.

Ohtani, who picked up the win, allowed two hits and at one point gave up 11 in a row.

Manoah, who suffered the loss, was nearly as good at Rogers Centre.

In the end, the Angels prevailed 2-0 to hand the Jays their second shutout loss in as many games.

Los Angeles No. 9 hitter Andrew Velazquez hit his eighth home run in the eighth inning against Anthony Bass. During that time, the Jays were only able to generate two hits.

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There was a certain buzz at the ballpark, whether it was because of the free jackets given out, the pre-game festivities honoring the 30th anniversary of the Jays’ first World Series-winning team, or the simple fact that two top pitchers range were on the mound.

Pre-game festivities pushed the game back about 30 minutes, but Manoah said after the game his routine was not compromised.

“I thought it was pretty amazing,” Manoah said of seeing the 1992 World Series team celebrated by fans. “It was motivating. I want to do what they did.

As the game got deeper, Manoah got stronger. Of the 105 pitches he threw, 70 were strikes.

For the first time in his young career, Manoah has gone three straight games throwing 100 or more shots.

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Manoah had a close view of Ohtani the pitcher and an even closer view of Ohtani the batter.

“He’s great for the game,” Manoah said. “It was great to compete against him.”

Saturday’s stage was important and in the big moments, Manoah savors such opportunities.

“Every game is Game 7 of the World Series,” the big man said. “It doesn’t matter if Ohtani is there or Roger Clemens. My job is to go out and compete, give my all to the team and do everything I can to try and get us to win.

He did.

Ohtani was just a little better and the LA offense produced just enough points to claim the win after going over 12 points on Friday night.

John Schneider tipped his cap at Ohtani, who struck out at least nine 11 times this season, tied for the most in the majors with Gerrit Cole of the New York Yankees.

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At plate, Ohtani walked twice, reached base on a fielder’s pick which was retired.

“He was really good,” Schneider said. “He was on, but I thought we got him to work early when his pitch count was up, which is what we were looking for.

“He composed and did his thing. It’s four or five pitches, it’s 100 mph, it’s nasty stuff and you have to take your hat off to it.

Manoah’s pitch count also increased early before he settled into a rhythm.

“I thought the tempo wasn’t right (early),” the Jays’ interim captain said. “He had issues with the mound as he normally does. He then dialed in and it was kind of like an old-fashioned pitching duel.

“What allows him to do well is his desire to compete, to win. We saw it in New York. It wasn’t his best thing, but (Saturday) it was pretty good too.

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Schneider was ejected in the eighth inning when he contested plate umpire Shane Livensparger’s strike zone with Jimi Garcia on the mound.

“It was just a disagreement between me and Shane,” Schneider added.

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The Angels had a runner in the lead when leadoff batter David Fletcher reached base on an error by Bo Bichette.

Bichette handled the ground cleanly, but he then bobbled it when transferring the ball to his throwing hand.
Fletcher beat the pitch and Bichette was rightly charged with an error, his 16th of the season.

When the Jays were in New York to face the Yankees and then in Boston, Bichette, who hit the cleanup on Saturday, made a mistake in every series.

BY GEORGE, HE’S BACK
George Springer returned to center field for the first time since being off the injured list. His most recent start at the center was on July 28. Springer started the day by getting in on goal on a first left single.

Teoscar Hernandez, meanwhile, was out of the lineup after leaving Friday’s game with a bruised left foot when he fouled a foot ball in the first set.

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