Alek Manoah gazed into his locker-place stall with a despondent look. Jordan Romano sat in his chair and little by little enable out an expletive right before untying his cleats.
An air of stunned resignation hung in the air Saturday night time as the Toronto Blue Jays tried out to soak up a wild-card sequence elimination none of them observed coming.
Armed with a 7-run guide and a boisterous sellout group at Rogers Centre, a Match 2 victory appeared to be in the bag when Toronto led Seattle 8-1 immediately after 5 innings. But it fell aside in extraordinary vogue as the Mariners employed two 4-operate frames to tie the recreation right before including an additional run in the ninth inning for a 10-9 earn.
As an alternative of preparing for a decisive Game 3 on Sunday, it was a two-and-out playoff exit for the Blue Jays for the 2nd time in 3 yrs.
“It is really actually challenging,” claimed Blue Jays slugger Teoscar Hernández. “There is almost nothing I can say that is heading to make me come to feel superior for a even though.”
It was the most important street comeback gain in MLB playoff historical past and baseball’s most significant comeback victory to clinch a put up-season collection.
Hernández hit two homers to assist energy the Blue Jays to their large early guide. But Carlos Santana strike a 3-run shot in the sixth inning and J.P. Crawford lifted a bases-loaded blooper in the eighth off Romano that introduced the Mariners all the way again.
Shortstop Bo Bichette ran into shallow centre industry as George Springer sprinted in and they collided as the ball observed the turf. A few operates scored on the enjoy as the Seattle dugout erupted at their good fortune.
Springer was shaken up on the participate in and was later taken off the area on a golfing cart. Supervisor John Schneider stated Springer spoke to his teammates following the recreation and will be Alright, but did not offer damage particulars.
“That ball, two feet farther back again it can be most likely caught and two toes in and it really is caught,” Romano explained. “But that’s baseball. Bounces do not go your way all the time.”
Cal Raleigh doubled off Romano in the ninth inning and scored the go-in advance run when Adam Frazier lashed a two-out double into the right-area corner.
George Kirby attained the help you save to seal Seattle’s two-video game sweep. The Mariners partied on the infield with family users and crew officers for more than an hour after the game.
“We do not stop. We haven’t stop all calendar year,” stated Mariners supervisor Scott Servais. “There is a sure resolve that our team has. They just feel in each and every other.”
The Blue Jays had been still left to console every other with hugs and nicely-needs in their locker-room.
“It’s a specific group,” Schneider claimed. “A group that’s going to be collectively for a while. Proper now it can be just difficult, but the fellas are heading to be superior for it.”
The Blue Jays were swept by Tampa Bay in the wild-card spherical in 2020 and skipped the article-time previous yr.
The Mariners and Houston Astros will open the finest-of-5 American League Division Series on Tuesday in Texas.
Blue Jays starter Kevin Gausman turned in a decent start that lasted 5 2/3 innings. Former Blue Jays still left-hander Robbie Ray lasted 3-furthermore frames in his first start in Toronto considering the fact that signing with Seattle in the off-period.
Gausman still left his past typical-season start out just after a few innings with a slash on the center finger of his throwing hand. He showed no unwell consequences in the late-afternoon get started and was in comprehensive manage in the early heading.
He acquired some defensive support from Bichette, who manufactured a stellar capture in the 2nd inning that set a demand into the crowd of 47,156.
He timed a jump properly to snag a liner from Frazier and Gausman followed with two strikeouts. The spark carried around into the bottom 50 % of the body.
Kirk led off with a double and Hernández launched a rainbow blast for his to start with vocation playoff homer.
Ray inked a very long-phrase deal with the Mariners right after successful the AL Cy Younger Award previous calendar year with Toronto. He was booed in advance of the video game and followers derisively chanted his initial title at times.
He gave up one more leadoff double in the third as Espinal stroked a pitch into the still left-field corner. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., scorched a solitary up the middle to make it 3-.
Hernández belted a very first-pitch fastball about the wall in the fourth inning to close Ray’s working day. The veteran southpaw gave up six hits and 4 earned operates with 4 strikeouts.
Gausman, meanwhile, set down 10 Mariners in get just before supplying up a leadoff single to Frazier in the fifth.
Santana followed with a double that bounced off the top rated of the wall in centre subject and stayed in the park. Frazier went to 3rd and scored on a Jarred Kelenic sacrifice fly.
All three gamers would rating — on a handed ball, hit batsman and sacrifice fly, respectively — prior to Jansen drove in Kirk with a double to make it 8-1.
Reliever Diego Castillo took about from Paul Sewald and strike Whit Merrifield in the head with his to start with pitch. Merrifield was examined by a trainer and took very first base but was later on replaced in remaining subject by Raimel Tapia.
The Mariners loaded the bases in the sixth but Gausman responded by acquiring a strikeout and pop fly. Schneider turned to the bullpen and Gausman been given a standing ovation as he walked to the dugout.
Left-hander Tim Mayza arrived on and gave up a operate on a wild pitch. Santana introduced home the other runners with his initially homer of the playoffs.
“You have faith in the fellas that bought you listed here,” Schneider reported of his bullpen administration. “You trust your full roster. Nowadays we failed to get it performed and they beat us. That sucks right now.
“But again, the men that did the work they did to get in this article, I’ll in no way have any fear about putting them in all over again.”
Jansen stroked an RBI one in the seventh inning to pad Toronto’s lead. Seattle scored a operate off Anthony Bass in the eighth and set two runners on with nobody out.
Romano, from Markham, Ont., came on and gave up a single to Frazier that loaded the bases. The Toronto nearer fanned Santana and Dylan Moore ahead of Crawford’s game-tying blooper.
Jackie Bradley Jr., replaced Springer in centre subject. Bichette stayed in the recreation and attained 3rd foundation in the bottom of the eighth but was remaining stranded on a Kirk groundout.
Matt Chapman arrived at on a a person-out stroll in the ninth but Kirby struck out Jansen and bought Tapia on a fly out to conclude a rollicking activity that lasted 4 hrs 13 minutes.
Espinal, who missed the past two weeks with an oblique harm, got the commence at next base. Jansen was at the rear of the plate while Kirk moved to designated hitter.
Gausman allowed five hits, 4 attained runs and a stroll. He experienced 7 strikeouts.
The Blue Jays won 92 games in the regular time — two additional than Seattle — and secured the prime wild-card seed with a few online games remaining in the time. That allowed Toronto to rest some core players and line up their starters to pitch on frequent relaxation.
But it did not pay back off towards the Mariners, who travelled across the continent and were not intimidated by the boisterous Toronto crowds.
“You have got to idea your cap,” Chapman mentioned. “All people besides 1 group is often pissed at the conclude of the yr. So regrettably it transpired to us a little earlier than we needed it to.”
The Blue Jays haven’t received a playoff series because 2016 when they reached the AL Championship Series for the 2nd straight calendar year. Toronto final won the Entire world Collection in 1993.
Seattle ended a 21-yr playoff drought this 12 months. It was the very first time the 1977 growth cousins have performed every other in the article-period.