Mariners into ALDS after unbelievable comeback completes sweep of Blue Jays
TORONTO — Fueled by an unbelievable comeback, the Seattle Mariners are into the American League Division Collection with a 10-9 win on Saturday to finish a sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays of their AL wild-card collection.
The Mariners have been down 8-1 within the backside of the fifth inning earlier than scoring 4 runs within the sixth, 4 within the eighth and one within the high of the ninth to get the victory. It was the most important street comeback win in playoff historical past and baseball’s largest comeback victory to clinch a postseason collection.
Making the franchise’s first playoff look since 2001, Seattle trailed 9-6 within the high of the eighth inning. With two out and the bases loaded, J.P. Crawford hit a blooper to heart towards All-Star nearer Jordan Romano. Middle fielder George Springer and shortstop Bo Bichette went arduous after the ball, however it landed as the 2 collided. All three runners scored on the double, tying it at 9.
Adam Frazier hit the tiebreaking RBI double within the ninth inning to offer the Mariners’ their fourth postseason collection win in franchise historical past; additionally they gained the ALDS in 1995, 2000, and 2001. Subsequent up for Seattle is Houston within the ALDS.
In the meantime, after battling the previous month to host an AL wild-card collection inside their sometimes raucous ballpark, the Blue Jays and their followers have been largely held silent the previous two days as their season abruptly got here to an finish.
Expectations had been excessive for Toronto to go on an extended playoff run. They have been based mostly largely on the group’s offensive success within the last weeks of the common season. After the Blue Jays went 13-14 throughout the month of August, they rallied by the remainder of the schedule.
Toronto was 22-11 in its last 33 video games, and even took 5 of the six video games that instantly preceded the postseason. A win at Baltimore final Monday clinched the AL’s high Wild Card spot and home-field benefit within the spherical for Toronto.
These playoff video games have been the primary held at Rogers Centre since 2016, when the Blue Jays misplaced in 5 video games to Cleveland within the American League Championship Collection. Cleveland went on to lose that World Collection to the Chicago Cubs.
Toronto did seem within the 2020 Wild Card collection, additionally getting eradicated in two video games. The upper-seeded Tampa Bay Rays hosted that collection, which occurred throughout a stretch of COVID-impacted seasons that had the Blue Jays enjoying house video games at their spring coaching facility in Dunedin, Florida, and their Triple-A affiliate’s house park in Buffalo, New York.