Blue Jays pound Yankees with playoffs in sight

Toronto's magic number to clinch a postseason berth is down to one
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The Toronto Blue Jays are on the doorstep of accomplishing a major goal this season - making the playoffs.

The team got one step closer to that realization on Wednesday night with an easy 14-1 victory over the New York Yankees at Sahlen Field in Downtown Buffalo. With the win, the team needs just one more victory to officially clinch a playoff spot in the American League postseason.

One of the Blue Jays’ stars, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., continued his great play at home on Wednesday, as he sparked the offense with two hits and three RBIs in the romp over the Yankees.

Guerrero Jr. has settled in nicely at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, where he spent all of his time as a Triple-A player with the Buffalo Bisons.

Guerrero Jr. was great offensively during his 39 games wearing a Bisons uniform. He batted for a .343 average, hit nine home runs, had 24 RBIs and had an OPS of 1.013.

He’s continued playing well at Sahlen Field this year with Toronto. He has recorded 20 of his 31 RBI this season at the Bisons’ home park, including seven doubles, a triple and three home runs in 22 games in 2020.

Beyond Guerrero Jr., the Blue Jays got plenty of help from others in the big win.

Pitcher Robbie Ray started the game and threw four solid innings, giving up just one run and striking out five Yankees batter. Then, a big moment for Toronto pitcher A.J. Cole came in the top of the fifth inning. The Yankees got their first three batters on base and had the bases loaded with no one out. Cole proceeded to strike out Giancarlo Stanton, get Luke Voit to pop out in the infield and get Gleyber Torres out on a fly ball to right field to end the inning with no damage done and keep the Toronto lead at 5-1.

The Blue Jays took away any doubt of the game result in the sixth inning, exploding for eight more runs to take an 13-1 lead. Guerrero Jr. had a ground out that scored a run. Then, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Travis Shaw had back-to-back RBI singles. Danny Jansen was hit by a pitch that got another run across home plate. Then, Cavan Biggio and Bo Bichette followed those plays with a pair of back-to-back two-run doubles. The Blue Jays led 13-1 after six innings.

Jansen homered for the second time in the game in the eighth inning to compete a perfect night at the plate; the Blue Jays catcher went 4-for-4 in the game.

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The teams will wrap up the four-game series on Thursday night in Buffalo. Hyun Jin Ryu is the scheduled Toronto starter. The Yankees are scheduled to start Jordan Montgomery. First pitch from Sahlen Field is at 6:37 p.m.

Notes:

- The Blue Jays are now 19-17 against the American League East this season. Toronto has not had a winning record within their division since going 40-36 back in 2016.

- The Yankees have clinched their fourth consecutive postseason birth. It will be their 22nd trip to the postseason in the last 26 years. Manager Aaron Boone is now the sixth manager in baseball history to reach the postseason in each of his first three managerial seasons.