Cal Raleigh doubled the Blue Jays’ lead near Jordan Romano in the ninth inning and took the lead when Adam Frazier hit a two-goal double into the right corner.
George Springer had to leave the field due to injury during Blue Jays playoff against Mariners
George Kirby earned salvation when Seattle finished scanning the best three-card wild card series in front of a stunned ticket-selling crowd at the Rogers Center.
Teoscar Hernandez hit two hosts to give the Blue Jays an 8-1 lead after five innings. But Carlos Santana hit a triple hit in the Mariners’ four sixth runs, and Seattle pulled even with four more runs in the eighth.
This is the second time in three years Toronto has failed to win a single game in the knockout stages. The Blue Jays were swept by Tampa Bay in 2020 and missed out after last year’s season.
The Mariners and Houston Astros will inaugurate the First Division of the five American First Divisions on Tuesday. The Blue Jays were left to clean out their lockers after a surprising fall and another disappointment in October.
Raleigh scored three runs and had three of Seattle’s 13 hits. Danny Jansen had three hits and drove in two runs for the Blue Jays while Santiago Espinal and Alejandro Kirk had two more each.
Blue Jays do the reaction in the knockout round of Stoon
The Blue Jays’ starter, Kevin Gausman, got off to a pretty good start as he lasted 5 innings of 2/3. Former Blue Jays left-winger Robbie Ray had more than three frames in his first appearance in Toronto since signing for Seattle during a fruitless season.
Gausman left his last official match after three innings with a cut in the middle finger of his pitching hand. He showed no ill effects when he started late in the afternoon and was in full control the first time around.
He received some defensive help from Bo Bichette, who had a brilliant catch in the second half, impressing 47,156 in front of the crowd.
The short jump prepared for a perfect jump to grab a pad from Frazier and Gausman followed with two attacks. The spark propagates into the lower half of the frame.
Kirk led with a brace and Hernandez created a rainbow explosion for the first playoff game of his career.
Ray signed a long-term deal with the Mariners after winning last year’s AL Cy Young Award with Toronto. He was booed before the game and fans sometimes chanted his name mockingly.
He added a brace to take the lead in the third half when Espinal hit the ball into the left corner. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., scored to make it 3-0 in the middle.
Hernandez made his first quick throw over the wall in the fourth round to end Ray’s day. Veteran Nampaw dropped six hits and four earned with four hits.
Gausman, meanwhile, knocked out 10 Mariners in order before giving up a lead single to Frazier in the fifth round.
Santana followed with a bounce off the top of the wall in the middle of the yard and stayed in the park. Frazier finished third and scored on Jarred Kelenic’s sacrificial flight.
The Blue Jays withdrew with four runs in the second half. Toronto loaded the grounds into an Espinal single, a Bichette double and a purposeful walk to Guerrero.
All three players will take turns scoring _ on a pass, hitting the hitter and sacrificing flying _ before Jansen drives in Kirk with a brace to make it 8-1.
Relief player Diego Castillo replaced Paul Sewald and hit Whit Merrifield in the head on his first pitch. Merrifield was checked by a coach and took first base but was then replaced in the left half by Raimel Tapia.
The Mariners loaded up bases in the sixth battle but Gausman responded by attacking and flying straight. Schneider turned to the barn and Gausman received a standing ovation as he walked to the poison dig.
Left winger Tim Mayza entered the field and ran off on a wild grass field. Santana took home the other runners-up with their first qualifying round.
Jansen hit an RBI single in the seventh round to take the lead in Toronto. Seattle scored against Anthony Bass in the eighth round and put the two in second with no one disqualified.
Romano, from Markham, Ont., came and gave up a single for Frazier to load the bases. Toronto got closer to Santana and Dylan Moore before JP Crawford lifted a blooper that landed in the shallow downtown area.
Bichette and midfielder George Springer collided as both players tried to dive to catch the ball. Springer suffered a concussion during the game and was taken off the course in a golf cart while Bichette remained at the game.
Jackie Bradley Jr., replaces Springer at center. Bichette reached the third base at the end of the eighth but got stuck in a match of Kirk.
Matt Chapman finished in the one-of-nine walk but Kirby beat Jansen and sent Tapia flying out to end the four-hour and 13-minute match.
Espinal, who was absent for two weeks with an oblique injury, started in the second facility. Jansen stands behind the plate while Kirk moves to the designated hitter.
Gausman allows five hits, four earned runs, and one walk. He had seven attacks.
Seattle beat Toronto 4-0 in Friday’s opening game in the Blue Jays’ first home playoff since 2016.
Blue Jays advance to the knockout stage
The Blue Jays won 92 games in the regular season – two more than Seattle – and claimed the top wild card seed spot with a few games left in the season. That allows the Blue Jays to rest some of their core and top players on regular breaks.
But it didn’t work out for the Mariners, who traveled the continent and weren’t intimidated by the boisterous Toronto crowds.
Toronto hasn’t won a playoff series since 2016 when the Blue Jays reached the AL Championship Series for the second year in a row. The Blue Jays last won the World Championship in 1993.
Seattle ended a 21-year drought in the playoffs this season. This was the first time the 1977 Open cousins played together after the off-season.
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