The Toronto Blue Jays are going to the playoffs, and clinching the postseason berth at home, against their division rival, made it even sweeter.
Toronto took three of four games in the series in Buffalo against the New York Yankees, capped by their 4-1 win on Thursday night, which officially sends the Blue Jays to the MLB playoffs.
The Blue Jays offense has carried the team in many wins this year, especially at Sahlen Field. But on Thursday night, the strongest performance came from their starting pitcher.
Hyun Jin Ryu pitched seven shutout innings, which was the longest outing by any Blue Jays pitcher this season. Ryu’s performance was, arguably, their best pitching outing of the season and it came in a clutch spot.
The Blue Jays led throughout the game starting with a solo home run in the second inning from Vladimir Guerrero Jr. The home run was Guerrero Jr.'s eighth of the season.
In the third, Cavan Biggio and Bo Bichette had a pair of back-to-back two-out doubles, which added another run to make it 3-0 Toronto after three innings.
In the sixth, Alejandro Kirk roped a ball down the left-field line to score Randall Grichuk and Guerrero Jr. to make it a 4-0 game.
The Yankees’ lone run came in the eighth on a Gio Urshela RBI single.
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Toronto opens up their final series of the season on Friday night against the Baltimore Orioles at Sahlen Field in Buffalo. The three games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday will close out the 2020 regular season.
- Toronto last made the postseason in 2016, when they entered as a wildcard team with an 89–73 record. That was also their last season with a winning record.
- The Blue Jays clinched their eighth postseason birth in franchise history. It was also the second time in franchise history that the Blue Jays clinched a playoff berth while facing the Yankees. The first time it happened was back in 1985.
- Alejandro Kirk became the first rookie in Blue Jays history to drive in a run in a playoff clinching game.
- According to Sportsnet, Bo Bichette now has as many career doubles, 27, in his first 73 career games as Ted Williams.