TORONTO — Let’s Go Mariners!
The series between the Seattle Mariners and the Toronto Blue Jays is over!
The M’s beat the Blue Jays 10-9 in Game 2 of the Wild Card Round in the 2022 postseason to advance to the ALDS.
The Mariners shutout the Jays 4-0 in Game 1 after a dominant performance from All-Star pitcher Luis Castillo. Castillo threw 7.1 innings, striking out five batters and not giving up a run. The M’s scored three runs in the first inning, including a homerun from catcher Cal Raleigh, running away with the game.
Right-handed pitcher Kevin Gausman took the hill for the Blue Jays, dominating on the hill. The Blue Jays also scored early in the game thanks to a two-run home run from right fielder Teoscar Hernandez off former Blue Jay Robbie Ray. He hit another one off Ray in the fourth inning.
Ray had a rough outing against his old team. In three innings, he gave up four earned runs, three of which were thanks to Hernandez.
The Mariners would score a run in the top of the fifth inning thanks to a sacrifice fly from Jarred Kelenic. Relief pitcher Paul Sewald came into the game later than inning and gave up four runs — one from a past ball with the bases loaded, one from hitting Hernandez with the bases load, a sacrifice fly from Matt Chapman and a double from Danny Jansen.
Down 8-1, the Mariners would come roaring back in the sixth inning. The M’s loaded the bases, and after getting two outs, it looked like they were going to waste a big opportunity. But after a past ball that led to a run, Carlos Santana would hit a three-run home run, cutting the Blue Jays’ lead to three.
The Blue Jays would trade off runs, making it 9-5 heading into the eighth inning. The Mariners would load the bases, and with two outs, JP Crawford hit a bloop single to center field, causing Bo Bichette and George Springer to collide into each other and scoring all three runs.
Tied at 9 in the ninth inning, Raleigh and Adam Frazier would each add a double, giving the Mariners the lead. George Kirby came in and closed out the game.
The Mariners will now travel to Houston to okay against the Astros in the ALDS. The seven-game series starts on Tuesday.
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