Blue Jays drop must-win game against lowly Orioles in second of three-game series

Matt Dionne
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Tuesday, August 31, 2021

After winning the first game of the series, the Toronto Blue Jays were looking to win their fourth game in a row in game two of a three-game series with the lowly Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday (August 31).

The Blue Jays got on the board first in the bottom of the third as Danny Jansen, fresh off returning from the injured list, crushed a ball to deep right field, giving Toronto a 1-0 lead.

In the top of the sixth, the Orioles finally got on the board, as Hyun-jin Ryu gave up his first hit of the game, which turned into a two-out, three-run rally from Baltimore.

Suddenly facing a two-run deficit, Toronto cut into the lead in their half of the inning, as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his third home run of the series, a solo shot, trimming the lead to just one run.

However, the Orioles got the run back in the top of the seventh, as Jorge Mateo scored on a base hit after an errant pickoff throw from Adam Cimber allowed him to go from first to third.

That was all the offense for either team, as the Blue Jays fell to the Orioles for the fourth time in 12 games this season.

The offensive woes the Blue Jays have struggled through continued, as they produced just one run against a starting pitcher with an ERA of more than seven coming into Tuesday’s game.

With the loss, Toronto loses an opportunity to gain some ground on the Boston Red Sox for the second and final wild-card spot in the American League, and their already slim playoff hopes will take another hit.

While they’re not mathematically eliminated, it’s a pretty safe bet the Blue Jays won’t be returning to the postseason in 2021.

Toronto still has a chance to take the series in the final game on Wednesday, which is scheduled to start at 7:07 p.m.