J.A. Happ struggles again for Blue Jays

Jays pitcher J.A. Happ lasted 4.1 innings against the Angels Thursday night in Toronto. (Fred...

Jays pitcher J.A. Happ lasted 4.1 innings against the Angels Thursday night in Toronto. (Fred Thornhill/Reuters)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:08 PM ET

TORONTO - The number of times J.A. Happ has looked to be in command and comfortable on the mound have been few and far between.

There was that start on Aug. 12 against the Oakland A's where he allowed just one run on three hits over seven innings.

Then there was ... well, that's basically it.

It hasn't been much of a season for Happ to celebrate and that includes Thursday night's encounter with the Los Angeles Angels.

Pitching in and out of trouble for all but one inning, Happ hasted just 4.1 innings in what became a 4-3 loss. He struck out the first batter he faced in the fifth but then gave up back-to-back doubles and the lead and for manager John Gibbons that was enough.

Gibbons has kept Happ on a short leash all season believing that when it goes south with the left-hander it can go south in a hurry and a big crooked number gets put on the scoreboard.

Gibbons was on the mark this night as the relievers blanked the Halos the final 4.2 innings.


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