Instant Reaction: Blue Jays swept their first series of the season

Photo credit:© Kamil Krzaczynski - USA Today
Ryley Delaney
20 days ago
For the first time this season, the Toronto Blue Jays have swept a team.
On Wednesday, they took on the Chicago White Sox for the final time this season, defeating the basement-dwelling team 3-1 to move their record to 26-29. Too bad the Jays can’t play them for the remaining 107 games.
The Blue Jays took the lead in the top of the third inning, as Bo Bichette drove in Davis Schneider to give Toronto a 1-0 lead. Although the run scored, it would’ve been nice if Justin Turner didn’t immediately ground into a double play, but beggars can’t be choosers.
Toronto’s second run was scored in the following inning, as Isiah Kiner-Falefa drove in George Springer with a single to give the Jays a 2-0, which happened to be the game-winning run.
That wasn’t all Kiner-Falefa did on Wednesday, as he also drove in the third run of the game in the top of the sixth, this one was technically a force out as Alejandro Kirk had to wait for the ball to drop, but the ball landed on the outfield grass and gave Toronto a 3-1 lead.
Chicago scored a run off Jordan Romano in the bottom of the ninth to cut the lead to two runs, but it didn’t matter, as the Canadian reliever recorded the save.

Things worth mentioning…

Alek Manoah left the game due to “right elbow discomfort” in the bottom of the second, it’s too bad too as it looked as if it was going to be another gem for him. He pitched an inning and two thirds and struck out three prior to the injury. He’ll have an MRI on the elbow on Thursday.
Trevor Richards once again showed how important he is to the Blue Jays bullpen. While he didn’t strikeout any batters in his 3.1 innings pitched, he allowed just two base runners and allowed the Jays to use their one-inning pitchers in the sixth.
The bullpen (minus Trevor Richards) had a good day at the office. Tim Mayza, Zach Pop, Yimi García, and Jordan Romano combined for a line of 4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, while García pitched the only clean inning. Mayza walked one, Pop allowed a hit and struck out a batter, and Romano allowed a home run.
On the hitting side of things, both Bo Bichette and Alejandro Kirk had a two-hit game, both hitting two singles. Isiah Kiner-Falefa had a hit but should’ve had two, while George Springer had the team’s only extra-base hit, a double. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had a single as well. Kiner-Falefa had a great game, making two nice catches as well.
Up next: The Blue Jays return home to play the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday at 7:07 PM ET. José Berríos will start the game for the Blue Jays, while the Pirates’ starter is yet to be determined. With the off-day on Thursday, every reliever should be available to pitch, hopefully.

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