Blue Jays get a convincing 8-1 win over top seeded Rays
FiredUp Network Sports Writer
Monday, September 13, 2021
The bats are still on fire as the Toronto Blue Jays pick up an 8-1 win over the number one seed in the AL East, Tampa Bay Rays. Coming fresh off a game in which they lit up the Baltimore Orioles for 22 runs, Toronto lights up Tampa Bay with stellar offense and defense.
Alek Manoah had one of his best performances of the season with a brilliant pitching exhibition. Manoah tossed a one-hit shutout in eight innings. His record on the season improves to 6-2, providing more glimpses of his endless amount of potential.
The floodgates opened during the fourth inning for the Blue Jays thanks to an RBI single by Lourdes Gurriel Jr. Randall Grichuk came up to the plate right after and doubled to left bringing Alejandro Kirk home for a run.
The onslaught continued with Breyvic Valera going to bat and taking six pitches before tallying a two-run RBI.
As the offense started to click, Manoah applied the pressure defensively not allowing Tampa Bay to find a solid rhythm. This was followed by an absurd swing by Bo Bichette in the fifth inning for a solo home run.
Gurriel Jr. racked up another single which brought Teoscar Hernandez home for another run making it 6-0 at this point. After getting a run in the inning prior, Valera singled to left bringing Gurriel Jr. home to extend the lead to 7-0.
Fast forward to the sixth inning Vladimir Guerrero Jr. notched a crucial home run that pushed him to the top of the leaderboards for most home runs in the season at 45 and counting. Austin Meadows would give the Rays a complimentary run with a solo home run in the final stages of the game but the damage was already done.
In a matter of two games, the Blue Jays have combined for 30 runs and show no signs of slowing down when it comes to their offensive play.
The Jays will look to steal another major win in their efforts to secure a playoff spot in these closing moments of the season tomorrow at 7:07 PM.