George Springer and the Blue Jays placed on one remaining energy show, however even a 91st victory in Game 162 couldn’t maintain Toronto’s vagabond season going.
Springer hit two house runs, together with a grand slam, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. launched his forty eighth homer because the Blue Jays romped to a 12-4 blowout of the Baltimore Orioles that wasn’t sufficient to keep away from playoff elimination Sunday.
“Unfortunately our fate was in the hands of another team,” Springer stated. “We were hoping for something but obviously it didn’t happen.”
Toronto wanted to win and a loss by the Yankees or Red Sox on the ultimate day of the common season to power a minimum of a tiebreaker recreation Monday for an AL wild card. But the Blue Jays’ hopes have been dashed when Boston rallied from a four-run deficit to beat Washington 7-5 on a two-run homer by Rafael Devers within the prime of the ninth inning that silenced surprised Toronto followers at Rogers Centre who caught round to look at the Red Sox on the large video board.
A bit earlier, New York edged Tampa Bay 1-0 with a run within the backside of the ninth to clinch a postseason berth.
“It hurts,” Guerrero stated via a translator. “Knowing that you won 91 games and you didn’t make the playoffs, it really hurts me, it hurts all my teammates. That’s just going to make me stronger to come back next year even better than this year.”
The solely different time the Blue Jays received 90 or extra video games and failed to achieve the postseason was 1987, when Toronto’s 96 victories left the workforce two video games behind AL East champion Detroit. The Blue Jays misplaced their remaining seven video games that season, 4 to the Tigers.
Hyun Jin Ryu (14-10) pitched 5 innings to win for the primary time since Sept. 6, Marcus Semien hit a solo house run and Tesocar Hernández had three hits and three RBIs because the Blue Jays scored in every of the primary 5 innings.
“Those guys came out to play all series,” Baltimore’s Trey Mancini stated. “That’s one of the best offenses I’ve ever seen, personally.”
Tyler Nevin hit his first profession house run for Baltimore, a 442-foot drive into the fourth deck off Ryu, however the Orioles completed a distant final within the AL East at 52-110.
“Obviously, our record isn’t where it needs to be,” Mancini stated. “We’ve got a long way to go, but a lot of really good things happened this year and a lot of guys made names for themselves.”
The Blue Jays (91-71) hit 4 house runs in Game 162 to complete with 262, the best whole within the majors this season and probably the most in Toronto historical past.
“I’m so proud of this team overcoming all the obstacles that were placed in our way to win 91 games,” Blue Jays supervisor Charlie Montoyo stated.
With the U.S.-Canada border closed due to the coronavirus pandemic when the season started, Toronto was pressured to play house video games at its spring coaching house in Dunedin, Florida, in April and May. In June, the Blue Jays moved to Buffalo, New York, the house of their Triple-A affiliate, earlier than lastly getting approval to return north of the border July 30.
“That wasn’t easy,” Montoyo stated of enjoying in three cities. “You’re moving families, you’re getting out of leases to move to another place.”
Toronto went 25-11 at house after transferring again to Rogers Centre, leaving some gamers to surprise what might have been with out all of the turmoil.
“The things we dealt with aren’t excuses but they are the reality of our circumstance,” shortstop Bo Bichette stated, struggling to regulate his feelings. “I think sometimes we had more on our minds than we should have.”
Springer’s house runs have been his twenty first and twenty second, his 18th profession multihomer recreation and fourth of 2021.
He gave the Blue Jays an early benefit with a leadoff homer towards right-hander Bruce Zimmermann within the first. It was the forty third leadoff house run of his profession and fourth this season.
Springer made it 9-1 together with his slam off Eric Hanhold within the third, the sixth of his profession.
Guerrero drove in Springer when he homered off Marcos Diplán within the second, matching Kansas City catcher Saldavor Perez for the main league lead. Guerrero additionally broke a tie with Eddie Matthews (1953) for probably the most house runs in a single season by a participant 22 or youthful.
While Semien and AL Cy Young Award favourite Robbie Ray are headed at no cost company, the Blue Jays be ok with what Guerrero and Bichette confirmed of their first full seasons.
“They’re special players in my eyes,” Springer stated. “They’re special talents that work hard, constantly wanting to get better. As for a ceiling, I don’t even think they’ve scratched the surface yet.”
Making his second begin after a stint on the injured record due to a sore neck, Ryu allowed six hits and two runs. He walked one and struck out seven.
Nate Pearson, Julian Merryweather, Jacob Barnes and Adam Cimber all labored one inning for Toronto.
Zimmermann (4-5) confronted seven batters earlier than being changed. He allowed 5 hits and three runs.
“I didn’t want to pull him early but three runs given up, traffic on the bases, I was trying to keep it right there,” Orioles supervisor Brandon Hyde stated.
Former Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero posted a photograph on social media displaying all 4 video games within the AL wild-card race airing on completely different tv screens in a room of his house. “Added a 4th tv for the madness today,” Romero wrote. “I’m not moving all day.”
Hyde celebrated his forty eighth birthday Sunday.
Spinger’s slam was Toronto’s ninth of the season, matching the workforce file set in 2000.
Blue Jays: Toronto had not introduced reporting dates for spring coaching 2022. The Blue Jays start exhibition play Feb. 26 towards Minnesota.
Orioles: Pitchers and catchers report back to spring coaching on Feb. 15, place gamers on Feb. 20, and the primary full exercise is Feb. 21. Baltimore begins its 2022 spring coaching schedule Feb. 26 towards the Yankees.
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