Was it a great comeback or monumental choke? Either way, it was epic
The Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays were going to play a winner-take-all game on Sunday in the American League Wild Card Series. Seattle won Game 1 of the best-of-three series on Friday, but Toronto led 8-1 after five innings on Saturday. Fortunately for the Mariners and unfortunately for the Blue Jays, baseball games go nine innings.
Seattle chipped away in the top of the sixth, scoring four runs, with three coming on a home run from Carlos Santana. Toronto got one back in the bottom of the seventh inning but the Mariners again scored four runs in the eighth inning.
The last three came on a bloop hit with the bases loaded from J.P. Crawford. The Blue Jays couldn’t reach the ball and when George Springer and Bo Bichette collided, the ball was far enough away from second baseman Santiago Espinal that Mitch Haniger scored the tying run from first base.
The Blue Jays escaped the eighth with the game tied — but not for long. Cal Raleigh hit a one-out double in the ninth inning and after Haniger flew out, Adam Frazier smoked a two-out double into the right-field corner to score Raleigh.
In the bottom half of the inning, Matt Chapman drew a one-out walk for the stunned Blue Jays. That was all the rally Toronto could muster. Corey Brock — normally a starter — recovered to strike out Danny Jansen and get a flyout from Raimel Tapia, bringing the series to an abrupt end.