Blue Jays stun Athletics 8-0, complete sweep of three-game series
FiredUp Network Sports Writer
Sunday, September 5, 2021
The Toronto Blue Jays were looking to complete the series sweep against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday (September 5).
The Blue Jays got on the board first in the bottom of the second, as Lourdes Gurriel Jr. cleared the bases with a two-run triple, giving Toronto a 2-0 lead.
Then, Randal Grichuk, the very next batter, hit a double to deep centre field that brought Gurriel Jr. home from third.
Toronto's bats stayed hot in the bottom of the third, as they scored four more runs, including a three-run bomb from Alejandro Kirk.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Blue Jays extended their lead to 8-0, as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. scored from first on a double from Bo Bichette.
With an eight-run lead going into the ninth, Manager Charlie Montoyo went to the youngster, Nate Pearson, to close out the game.
Pearson did as he was asked, striking out the side in order, as Toronto shutout Oakland 8-0 and completed the series sweep.
The Blue Jays got another phenomenal start from Robbie Ray, who pitched six-and-two-thirds innings, giving up just one hit and no earned runs against 10 strikeouts.
It was the fourth consecutive game Ray recorded at least 10 strikeouts—he is the first Blue Jay to accomplish the feat in franchise history.
Since July 1, Ray’s been incredible—he has an ERA of just 1.86 over the last nine weeks, the best in the American League (AL) and it’s not even close.
Bo Bichette had four hits in four at-bats in the game. It’s the 46th time he’s recorded multiple hits in a game this season, which is second in MLB.
After going dormant over the last few weeks, the Blue Jays’ bats woke up in this series in a big way—over the last three games against Oakland, Toronto scored 29 runs on 38 hits.
With the win, the Blue Jays have drawn even with Oakland in the standings, and they also move a game closer to catching Boston, who lost to Cleveland on Sunday, for the final wild-card spot in the AL.
Toronto will have an opportunity to make up more ground in the playoff hunt, as they’ll be in New York taking on the Yankees—who currently own the first wild-card spot—in a four-game series starting on Monday.
Monday’s game will be an early start due to the Labour Day long weekend; the first pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.