Blue Jays drop finale of three-game series to open 2022 season

Matt Dionne
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Sunday, April 10, 2022

The Toronto Blue Jays couldn’t complete the sweep of the Texas Rangers on Sunday, as they lost the last of their three-game series 12-6.

The Jays’ offense started off hot, as George Springer hit a homerun on Toronto’s first at-bat of the game, which was the 44th time he has done it in his career—the seventh-most in Major-League history.

Toronto added three more runs just five batters later, as off-season acquisition Matt Chapman hit his first home run as a Blue Jay—a three-run shot—which extended Toronto’s lead to 4-0.

The Rangers cut into the Blue Jays’ lead in the top of the second on a solo home run from Nick Solak.

However, Toronto responded in their half of the inning, as Danny Jansen homered to left field—his second of the season.

The Blue Jays added a little more insurance in the bottom of the third, as Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his first home run of the season, a rocket sailing nearly 500 feet at almost 120 mph of the bat.

However, Texas got to Blue Jays’ starter Hyun Jin Ryu in the top of the sixth, knocking him around for six runs and chasing him from the game.

The Rangers never looked back from there, as they added five more runs while holding Toronto’s deadly offense off the score sheet the rest of the way.

It was a continuation of the problems Ryu experienced at the end of last season—he has struggled playing beyond the third inning and facing the order a second time around.

Coming into the game, the Blue Jays were tied with the New York Yankees for second in the American League East, but, if the Bronx Bombers can complete the sweep of the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night, Toronto will drop to third in the division.

The Blue Jays get their first crack at the Yankees on Monday night, as they travel south of the border for the first of a four-game series with their AL East rival.