|Raimel Tapia hit a 3-run double in a 6-3 win over the Orioles
After a huge win over the Orioles on the back of a solid effort from the bullpen and George Springer and Matt Chapman, who both knocked in three runs, the Blue Jays were going for their 6th straight series win, 22nd series win of the season and 2nd straight win overall. Ace Jose Berrios got the start with Danny Jansen behind the plate. Teo was back in RF after the half day off as DH yesterday. Vlad got the half day off as DH today with Cavan Biggio at 1B. Santiago Espinal was at 2B. Could the Blue Jays notch their2nd straight win, 6th straight series win and 22nd series win of the season? Here is today's game recap.
- The Blue Jays opened the scoring in the bottom of the 1st on a sac fly by Matt Chapman that scored George Springer
- The Blue Jays added a pair of runs in the bottom of the 2nd as Springer doubled scoring Santiago Espinal and Cavan Biggio
- The Orioles got a pair back in the top of the 3rd as Gunnar Henderson singled scoring Cedric Mullins and Anthony Santander
- The Blue Jays added three runs in the bottom of the 5th as Raimel Tapia doubled scoring Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Chapman and Teoscar Hernandez
- Kyle Bradish pitching line: 4.2IP 6H 5R (3 earned) 1BB 3K 80 pitches (49 for strikes)
- Jose Berrios pitching line: 6IP 7H 2R (both earned) 2BB 3K 96 pitches (59 for strikes)
- The Orioles got one back in the top of the 8th as Terrin Vavra singled home Henderson
- Jordon Romano pitched a scoreless 9th for his 34th save of the season
- Final score: Blue Jays 6 Orioles 3
- Jose Berrios battled through 6 innings, giving up 2 runs on 7 hits while walking 2 and striking out 3. He was faced with bases loaded jams twice. He struck out Kyle Stowers to end one threat. Berrios did give up a pair of runs in the 3rd inning, but got some defensive help from George Springer and Santiago Espinal to end that threat. Danny Jansen made a heads up play in the 4th when Cedric Mullins attempted to steal home. The Blue Jays got him in a rundown. Berrios retired the final 6 batters he faced.
- The bullpen held the Orioles to a run on 2 hits while walking one and striking out three over the final three innings. Tim Mayza was the only one to have a clean inning. Jordan Romano converted his 34th save of the season
- Offensively, the Blue Jays took full advantage of the scoring opportunities they were given, building up a 3-0 lead after two innings off a Matt Chapman sac fly and a George Springer 2-run double. Unlikely hero Raimel Tapia had a 3-run bases clearing double after the O's chose to pitch to him over Teo.
- Every Blue Jays starter except Danny Jansen and Bo Bichette had at least one hit
- In terms of the WC race, the Blue Jays will have full possession of the 1st WC spot no matter the outcome of the Rays and Mariners games. Meanwhile, the WC race could be pretty much over if the Blue Jays sweep the Orioles tomorrow.
- Up next, the Blue Jays go for their 3rd straight win and their 6th series sweep of the season. Alek Manoah starts against Orioles righty Dean Kremer