Blue Jays steal back-and-forth affair in 6-5 win, sweep Red Sox

In August, you’ll take wins any way you can get them, even if they’re not the prettiest!

The Toronto Blue Jays swept the Boston Red Sox with a 6-5 win tonight, in a game that featured both teams spoiling opportunities to put the game away. Every time one side took the lead, they would let the other side back into it. For context, tonight’s game featured five lead changes and 25 runners left on base between the two teams.
For the second straight night, the game would go into extra innings, and again, it was George Springer with the tie-breaking RBI. With Cavan Biggio at third base in the 10th inning, John Schneider put the contact play on with Springer at the plate. Springer grounded a ball to Xander Bogaerts at shortstop, and Biggio took off as soon as the ball was hit. Biggio slid under the tag at the plate, and the Blue Jays took the lead for good.
Both teams swapped punches in the early innings of the game, as starters Kevin Gausman and Kutter Crawford could never establish a rhythm.
Bo Bichette got the Blue Jays on the board in the first inning with a two-run double to right field. The ball fell just shy of the short wall in right, and with runners on t …

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Author: Evan Stack / Blue Jays Nation

Twins walk off Jays in a back-and-forth affair

Baseball is a game of highs and lows, and we witnessed all of them tonight at the Blue Jays dropped a heartbreaker to the Twins 6-5 in 10 innings on Friday night.

A lot happened in the bottom of the 10th, starting with Jake Cave striking out on a ball in the dirt, but Danny Jansen couldn’t complete a tough throw to Vladimir Guerrero Jr. at first base. This allowed Cave to reach at first, and ghost runner Nick Gordon moved to third. Blue Jays Sportsnet analyst Caleb Joseph argued after the game that Vladdy didn’t give Jansen a clean window to throw the ball. The next batter, Tim Beckham grounded a ball to Matt Chapman at third. Chapman tried to throw Gordon out at home, but he short-hopped his throw, Jansen couldn’t secure the ball, and Gordon scored.
It’d be easy to point to the meltdown in the 10th inning as the reason for the loss, but those types of plays simply happen sometimes. Danny Jansen has had to make tough plays like that before; the ball just didn’t bounce Toronto’s way in the 10th. Truth be told, they were in that position largely due to another tough road start from Jose Berrios.
The heart of Berrios’ rough night was t …

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Author: Evan Stack / Blue Jays Nation