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Comeback against the Red Sox comes up short, Blue Jays’ struggles with the AL East continue

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Photo credit:© Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Cam Lewis
11 months ago
The Blue Jays brought the go-ahead run to the plate in the eighth and ninth innings but fell short by a score of 7-6 to the Boston Red Sox.
Cavan Biggio had runners on second and third in the bottom of the eighth and nearly laced a double down the first base line but the ball landed foul. He struck out on the next pitch and Justin Turner hit a home run in the top of the ninth to extend Boston’s lead to 7-5.
Kevin Kiermaier struck out to start the bottom of the ninth and then George Springer and Bo Bichette got on base with a single and a double. Brandon Belt struck out, bringing Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to the plate with two outs. He smacked a ball into right field that scored Springer and then Bichette ran through the stop sign and got thrown out at home.
It was an unfortunate end to a game with a sold-out Canada Day crowd begging for a big moment.

Things worth mentioning…

  • The Blue Jays are now 0-6 against the Red Sox this season, an incredible flip from the head-to-head last season that saw Toronto go 16-3 against Boston. The team’s poor results against the American League East has been the story for the Blue Jays this season. They’re 1-5 against the Orioles and 3-4 against both the Yankees and Rays, putting them at 7-19 against their division all told.
  • Yusei Kikuchi had his quality start streak snapped as he was tagged for five earned runs over four-and-one-third innings. Nate Pearson and Yimi Garcia each pitched scoreless innings, while Trevor Richards and Erik Swanson each allowed one earned run.
  • George Springer led the way for the Blue Jays by going 3-for-5 with a solo home run in the first inning and two singles later in the game. Bo Bichette and Matt Chapman both hit a double and a home run. The team went 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left seven runners on base.
  • Kevin Gausman will take the mound on Sunday as the Blue Jays will look to avoid being swept at home over Canada Day weekend. They’ll have a day off on Monday and then they’ll finish off the first half of the season with a road trip against the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers.

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