For as much fun as the Angels have had winning in their last at-bat, they certainly enjoyed doing it the easier way on Friday night.
Andrew Heaney pitched six scoreless innings and Shohei Ohtani and Jared Walsh hit home runs in the Angels’ 7-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Fla.
The Angels improved to 6-2, matching the best start in franchise history. They had scored the winning run in their last at-bat in their first five victories, but in this one, they scored four runs in the second inning and never looked back.
It was such a good night for the Angels that even a frightening injury turned out to be not so serious.
Dexter Fowler suffered a left knee contusion after going into second awkwardly in the second inning. There was no structural damage to his knee, which was certainly good news after Fowler was in visible pain for several minutes before leaving the field on a cart.
The best development was probably Heaney’s performance.
Heaney switched to the first base side of the rubber for this game, continuing the tinkering he’s done several times throughout his Angels career.
He got in a jam in the first inning, allowing a single and a walk, but he escaped by striking out Lourdes Gurriel Jr. He then walked leadoff hitter Cavan Biggio immediately after the Angels handed him a four-run lead, but from there he cruised.
Heaney retired 12 in a row through the fifth inning, striking out five. After allowing a leadoff single in the sixth, he struck out Randal Grichuk on a curve and Bo Bichette on a fastball. After a single, he got Joe Panik on a fly ball to end the inning.
Heaney finished the night with 93 pitches, including 62 fastballs. He second-guessed himself for getting away from his fastball after the first time through the lineup in his previous outing.
Certainly, it helped that he had a healthy cushion almost the entire night.
Ohtani launched a double off the wall in right-center in the second, unloading the bases and making it 4-0. In his next trip, he lifted a 422-foot homer over the center field fence, his third of the season.
Later in the inning, Walsh yanked a two-run homer out to right, his third of the season.
More to come on this story.