The Blue Jays are in the top wild card spot in the American League after completing a dominant three-game sweep at Fenway
By Evan Stack6 months ago
The boos were out once again at Fenway Park as the Blue Jays completed the 3-game sweep of the Red Sox with an 8-4 win over their in-division rivals. The Jays made the Red Sox look so bad in this series that the Red Sox might actually need to be sellers at the trade deadline.
Toronto’s offense was led by Raimel Tapia, who went 3-for-5 with 4 RBIs including a 3-run triple in the first inning. Tapia had his best series as a Blue Jay, going 6-for-12 with 10 RBIs throughout the weekend. Cavan Biggio had a 2-run single in the 1st inning, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had a 4-for-5 day with an RBI. Arguably the most encouraging stat of the day was that the Jays had 5 two-out RBIs.
Although the Jays hit well enough to handle the Red Sox without many issues, they were heavily aided by Boston errors. They had three errors for the game, as well as two other defensive miscues (not counted as errors) that led to immediate runs. Danny Jansen hit a ground ball to Jeter Downs in the 5th inning with Matt Chapman on third base. Chapman ran on contact, and Downs’ throw to home plate hit Chapman in the back. Later in the inning, Vladdy hit a ground ball to 1B Bobby Dalbec, forcing Dalbec to leave his position. Sox reliever Hirokazu Sawamura ran to cover first base, but he overran the bag, and Vladdy was safe, driving in another run.
The Blue Jays got a solid, but relatively short outing from Ross Stripling. He only went 4 innings, giving up 5 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk, and 1 strikeout. It was another hot day in Boston, and it was reported by Arash Madani before the game that Stripling preferred the humid days to assist with gripping the baseball. Stripling also referenced his experience pitching in humid locations; he pitched in Los Angeles with the Dodgers, Texas A&M in college, and in Phoenix, Arizona during spring training with LA. However, with a well-rested bullpen and Stripling not having his best stuff, the Jays felt it was best to cut his day short.
Trevor Richards allowed two runs in 1.2 innings of work, but a Phelps-Mayza-Garcia-Cimber combination finished the game unscathed.
With the Blue Jays win and Tampa Bay’s loss to Kansas City, this win moved the Jays into 2nd place in the AL East, and in the first AL Wild Card spot.
They will have Monday off and then they’ll kick off a 2-game series with St. Louis on Tuesday with Kevin Gausman on the bump against Andre Pallante. It was reported earlier that Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado will not travel with the team in Toronto, so this becomes a massive opportunity for the Jays to continue their winning streak, especially with the lowly Tigers looming after the St. Louis series.
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