The Toronto Blue Jays got an impressive win over the Tampa Bay Rays tonight with a score of 3-1. The win put the Blue Jays one game ahead of the Rays for the first American League Wild Card spot. In the win, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. made an impressive play at first base that got the fans out of their seats.
With the Toronto Blue Jays up 3-0 in the seventh inning, Ji-Man Choi hit a grounder toward second base to Bo Bichette. Bichette threw it to Guerrero Jr. at first who had to do the splits to get Choi out. It was an impressive stretch for the big man.
Fans were impressed by the play. Being able to keep his foot on the bag the whole time while going into the splits is something a lot of players can't do.
The play by Guerrero Jr. left his pitcher Alex Manoah pumped up. It left a Tampa Bay baserunner in scoring position late in the game and was a momentum killer for the Rays.
Blue Jays pitcher Alex Manoah, meanwhile, went seven strong innings, giving up four hits and eight punchouts. With seven of those innings shutting out the Rays, this was good enough to get his team the win.
The Toronto Blue Jays offense was pretty quiet, but Whit Merrifield hit the only home run they needed. With two runners on, Merrifield blasted a homer off of Rays pitcher Drew Rasmussen. Merrifield was also the only Toronto player to get two hits tonight for the team.
In regaining the top American League Wild Card spot, the Blue Jays want to keep their foot on the pedal. A win over the Rays tomorrow would prove huge for the team as they get ready for their final three series.
The Toronto Blue Jays have some tough matchups ahead
The Toronto Blue Jays have a tough series against the New York Yankees starting on Monday. They sit 8.5 games behind the Yankees in second place in the AL East. Toronto will need a lot of luck to catch New York in the division.
After they play the Yankees, Toronto face the Boston Red Sox. They will then finish out the season against the Baltimore Orioles. They have a tough schedule to close out the season. Toronto will have to dig deep if they want to keep the top AL Wild Card spot.