The Baltimore Orioles have left the country and are currently in Toronto Ontario, Canada to finish out the 2021 season. It made no difference on Friday, however, as the Orioles lost 6-4 to the Blue Jays. A spoiler role was not in the cards for the team.
The Blue Jays built a 6-0 lead after six innings before the Orioles attempted a comeback with a four run eighth inning. That comeback failed when the Blue Jays struck out the side in the 9th.
The eighth inning started with a Kelvin Gutierrez (1 for 4, 1 Run Scored, 1 RBI) homerun. Pat Valaika (1 for 4, 1 Run Scored, 2 RBI) homered following a Tyler Nevin (1 for 3, 1 double, 1 Run Scored, 2 RBI) walk. Cedric Mullins (0 for 3, 1 Run Scored) was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on a Trey Mancini (1 for 4, 1 RBI) single. A Pedro Severino (1 for 3) walk set the stage for Gutierrez to add to the run total. As the 10th batter of the inning he grounded out to third, ending the threat.
Austin Hays went 2 for 4 and Richie Martin went 1 for 3 as well.
The Blue Jays did their damage against starter Thomas Eshelman and reliever Brooks Kriske. Eshelman allowed 2 runs and a Danny Jansen homerun among the 3 hits he surrendered and in the end took the loss, his third. Kriske (1.1 IP) came into the game and ended the fifth inning before allowing 4 runs on 4 hits and striking out 2 in the 6th inning. Among the hits he allowed was a Corey Dickerson two-out solo homerun.
Marcos Diplan pitched a clean inning of relief in the eighth.
As a result of the win, the Blue Jays are now tied with the Seattle Mariners, 1.0 game behind the Boston Red Sox for the second Wild Card spot.
2021 Record: 52-108
Next Game: Sat. Oct. 2 @ 3:07pm