The Jays came into this week 2 games back of the second wild card spot, and they need wins in a bad way. The good news is that Red Sox played the Yankees over the weekend, which was good for Toronto because that meant at least someone was losing. The Jays had a 4 game series against Minnesota before a HUGE series against the Yankees.
Game 1: Jays 2 – 7 Twins
Steven Matz was on the mound for Toronto, and he didn’t have his best day. He only allowed 2 runs, but was only able to go 3 innings. Those 2 runs were cancelled out by a Lourdes Gurriel Jr RBI, and a Teoscar Hernandez solo home run. The difference came in the 5th inning when Thomas Hatch gave up 4 runs, including a 3-run homer to Nick Gordon. The Twins added another run late and took game 1.
Game 2: Jays 1 – 3 Twins
The streak of Jose Berrios having a strong outing with one bad innning continued this game. He went a solid 6 innings, but in the 3rd, he allowed 3 runs. Unfortunately for Toronto, even though it was only 3 runs, they couldn’t make up the difference. Marcus Semien hit his 42nd HR of the season, but it was too little too late.
Game 3: Jays 6 – 1 Twins
Thankfully for Jays’ fans, Toronto were able to put a stop to this mini skid. Robbie Ray was on the mound for the Jays, and other then a sac fly he allowed in the 1st, he was solid. Going 6 innings and only gave up that 1 run. Teo Hernandez and Marcus Semien both hit their second home runs of the series, and gave the Jays the 3-1 lead. George Springer hit his 18th dinger of the season, and Danny Jansen added an RBI late to give the Jays the 6-1 win.
Game 4: Jays 5 – 2 Twins
The Jays took the lead early in this game, thanks to a 3-run home run from Danny Jansen. Alek Manoah was the starter for Toronto and he was good enough on this day. He went 5 2/3 innings, and only surrendered 2 runs. With the score 3-1, both teams added a run in the 5th, and an RBI double from Teoscar in the 8th, was the insurance Toronto needed. Jordan Romano came in a shut the door.
Jays Series Standout:
The series standout here is Marcus Semien. He had 2 homers in the series and he now sits at 43 on the year, which ties the most HR hit by a second basemen in a season.
Game 1: Jays 2 – 7 Yankees
This game was a back-and-fourth affair, with both teams trading runs early. Bo Bichette opened the scoring with an RBI single in the 1st. Aaron Judge answered that with a solo shot to tie the game at 1. Corey Dickerson would give the Jays the lead again with an RBI double in the 4th. After that, it was all downhill. The Yankees were able to chase Hyun Jin Ryu from the game in the 5th, after scoring 2 more runs off him. Giancarlo Stanton put this one away with a 3-run homer in the 7th. Yanks take game 1.
Game 2: Jays 6 – 5 Yankees
The Jays would get out in front early with a couple of home runs from Marcus Semien and Bo Bichette, to give the Jays the 4-0 lead after 3 innings. That HR by Semien set the record for most home runs by a second basemen in a single season! New York would pull 2 back on the top of the 5th, to make it 4-2, but Vladdy cashed in Springer in the bottom half to push the lead to 3. Jose Berrios was solid again going 6 innings only allowing 3 runs, and leaving in line for the win. Tim Mayza couldn’t hold the lead for Toronto, as Kyle Higashioka scored 2 with a single in the 7th to tie the game at 5. This would set the stage for a dramatic solo shot from Bo Bichette in the 8th, to give the Jays the lead for good. Jordan Romano shut the door for the save.
Game 3: Jays 2 – 6 Yankees
This one was all about the long ball for the Yankees. Aaron Judge hit a solo shot early, but the Jays answered that with 2 RBI doubles to give them the 2-1 lead going into the 6th. Robbie Ray had been great, until the 6th where surrendered 3 HRs which obviously ended his night, and gave the Yankees the 5-2 lead. Brett Gardner added another homer late to give the Yanks the series win.
Jays Series Standout:
Bo Bichette will get the nod for this series as he had a great series and won game 2 in the bottom of the 8th.
That series loss to the Yankees is a massive blow for Toronto, but the Red Sox did lose 2 of 3 to the Orioles so there’s still hope. The Jays trail both the Red Sox and the Mariners by a single game with 3 games remaining. The Jays’ final series of the year is against the Baltimore Orioles, and with them not controlling their own fate, they just have to win and hope results go in their favour.
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