Blue Jays fall in extra innings to a score of 4-3 to the Phillies

Nickeem Khan
FiredUp Network Sports Writer


Thursday, September 22, 2022

The Toronto Blue Jays fought till the very end but weren't able to capture the victory against the Philadelphia Phillies losing 4-3. It was a stalemate for the most part but when the Jays made their move, the Phillies responded even greater.

Kevin Gausman started the game on the mound for the Jays, while Zack Wheelers started the game for the Phillies. For the first seven innings both teams were neutral on offense. Any attempt to get on the board was quickly nullified by the opposing team.

It wasn't until Vladimir Guerrero Jr. changed that in the eight inning. With Seranthony Dominguez on the mound, Guerrero was on the receiving end of a 99 mph sinker that he sent deep to left field. It was a three-run homer that finally broke the tie and gave the Jays a 3-0 lead.

With only an inning and a half left, there was great optimism that this is what Toronto needed to elevate them to victory. However, in the bottom of that very inning, Philadelphia would respond.

J.T Realmuto, who was the first one up to bat, instantly struck fear into the Jays with a solo bomb to left field. Shortly after Dalton Guthrie stepped up to the plate, with Jean Segura at second base. Guthrie placed a perfect ball down the right that brought Segura to home now bringing the score to just a 3-2 deficit for the Phillies.

At this point Yimi Garcia was taken out the game with this dreadful performance and Jordan Romano was brought in. However, the Phillies had it rolling and it was clear. Guthrie would eventually score in the same inning making the game 3-3. As quickly as Toronto gained a lead they lost it as fast.

Fastforward to the 10th inning, the defence was on display for both teams. However, the Phillies had one more push from them. With bases loaded they had a perfect opportunity to win this game. Matt Vierling singled to center and that was all she wrote as Yairo Munoz scored the game-winning run for the Phillies.

A competitive game from Toronto but just not enough offence, which is ironic since the game prior they put up 18 runs on the scoreboard. The Blue Jays now drop to 84-65 on the season but remain second in the AL East. They will now focus their attention towards the Tampa Bay Rays for an evening matchup at 6:40 PM on Thursday.