The rookie pitched two-hit ball over eight innings and combined
with B.J. Ryan on the shutout in Toronto's 3-0 victory Wednesday
Janssen (2-3) took a perfect game into the sixth inning of his
fourth major-league start before Robb Quinlan spoiled it with a
single to right field.
At that point, Janssen said he was "able to exhale and refocus
and get right back on it. I really wanted to get the next guy out
because you don't want them to start building a rally."
He did, when Jose Molina flied out to center field to end the
Quinlan came up looking for a pitch over the plate and Janssen
delivered a cutter.
"He had two things going for him -- he's a good pitcher who's
pitching well and we're not hitting well," Quinlan said. "He
threw a lot of strikes and came right after us. About the fourth
inning, we were saying, `Hey, let's get some hits off this guy.' I
don't know if he knew it or not (about the perfect game), but we
Janssen gave up another single to right by Dallas McPherson in
"I don't have an overpowering fastball, but it gets on them
quick at times," he said.
He threw first-pitch strikes to 12 of the 26 batters he faced.
His only three-ball count was to Adam Kennedy in the first.
"He's a strike-throwing machine," Toronto manager John Gibbons
said. "He's so far ahead of where he ought to be. He's very
confident for a guy who's come through the minor leagues."
A year ago, Janssen was pitching in Class A.
"Never would have thought I would be here this fast," he said.
"They gave me an opportunity and I kind of ran with it."
Janssen struck out three and walked none 10 days after beating
the Angels 3-1 in Toronto, where he gave up one hit in 7 1-3
"We haven't figured him out," Angels manager Mike Scioscia
said. "He's got some late movement in the zone and he's got his
pitches going both ways and he changes speeds, giving him depth in
the strike zone. Hopefully, we'll do a better job the next time we
Ryan pitched the ninth to earn his ninth save in as many
attempts. He and Janssen also combined on a two-hitter in Janssen's
last start against Los Angeles.
Janssen, a 24-year-old right-hander, was backed by solid
defense, highlighted by first baseman Lyle Overbay's diving catch
on a hard-hit ball from McPherson that led off the third.
Janssen was born in Orange, located across the freeway from
Angel Stadium, and was an All-Pac-10 player at UCLA before being
drafted by Toronto in 2004. About 80 of his family and friends were
in the stands.
"It was nuts," he said. "We had friends with banners out
there. We had them in my ear in the bullpen. People had tickets
right behind the dugout and I hear them yelling and screaming, but
I tried to block it out as best I could. I know they were
supporting me, so it was a good feeling."
Janssen benefited from the expertise of former Angel Bengie
Molina behind the plate.
"He threw a lot of strikes and kept those hitters
off-balance," Molina said. "The kid had everything going. He went
right at them. He has very, very good composure. It's not easy to
go out there in front of all the family. Most of the time you
Kelvim Escobar (5-3) gave up three runs and 12 hits -- tying a
career high -- in seven innings, struck out five and walked two in
having his two-game winning streak snapped.
"They were hitting everything. I can't get a break right now,"
he said. "Everything I threw seemed to find a hole. But I'm just
going to stay aggressive and pound the strike zone. And if I'm
going to get beat, I'm going to get beat with my best."
Toronto added a run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Vernon
Wells and extended its lead to 3-0 on an RBI double by Russ Adams
in the sixth.
The Angels couldn't muster any offense one night after winning
the series opener 8-3 with as many runs in one game as they had in
the entire four-game series between the teams 10 days ago.
Escobar has given up 23 hits in his last two starts -- a win
and a loss. ... The Angels have not won consecutive home games
since April 10-11 against Texas and have lost eight of their last
10 at home. ... The series finale Thursday pits John Lackey (3-3)
of the Angels against Roy Halladay (5-1), who has complete game
victories in each of his last two starts.