The Toronto Blue Jays keep finding ways to win ball games in MLB 2020 season even though the number of injuries of key contributors, are still sidelined.
On Monday, one of the biggest offensive innings in The Blue Jays history came at the perfect time at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, New York, against the rival Yankees in a front.
The Blue Jays setup 10 runs show in the sixth inning of their 12-7 victory by doing a little bit of everything all at once.
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Looking into insights, this was the first time in the past decade that the Blue Jays have put up 10 runs in an inning in just over a decade. They put up 10 runs in an inning on Aug. 31, 2010, vs. the Rays, and fell just shy of their all-time high of 11 runs. In total, they forced three different Yankees pitchers to throw 65 pitches, flipping the script of a game that looked like it was headed in a completely different direction. On another side, injuries of players continue to mount for the weary The Blue Jays.
Manager Charlie Montoyo said: “It’s somebody else every day, When Bo [Bichette] went down, [Randal] Grichuk got hot and carried us for a couple of games. Now Teoscar [Hernández] is out, then [Lourdes] Gurriel [Jr.] got hot. It’s amazing how these things happen. Now, Rowdy [Tellez] is hot. Everybody is picking up each other and that’s a good sign of a good team.”
The win against rival Yankees gives The Blue Jays a full two-game lead over the Yankees in the American League playoff race, that too. The Blue Jays look comfortable and finding ways to climb victories. They look confident in second in the AL East and fifth in the overall AL playoff table, with plenty of time to go even higher in the race of playoff.
Hyun-JinRyu deserved the backup support from his lineup, too, after an uncharacteristically poor start where he allowed three home runs. An inning like that doesn’t spin out of control without a little help from the other side.
“It’s really hard to put it into words,” Hyun-JinRyu said through a club translator after the win against a rival. These guys did an amazing job with the little things all the way to the big things.”
Jansen massive inning
In the inning, Santiago Espinal and Cavan Biggio set up the table with early walks and Grichuk singled, and after, Travis Shaw delivered the go-ahead hit in his play, a two-run single before Jansen capped off the massive inning for The Blue Jays.
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“Everybody was just having quality at-bats and base hits. There’s so much resilience on this team and momentum. That was obviously a huge inning, but the quality of at-bats with the walks, that’s where it started,” Jansen said after capping off the massive inning.
Jansen needed that massive inning, indeed too. The 25-year-old entered play on Monday hitting just .148 with a .570 OPS, a slow given in his play, surprisingly though as given the sight how he looks sharp in the summer.
The 25-year-old feels like he has been right on the doorstep with massive inning, never mind lately, just barely missing some pitches he feels he should have done damage with it, but it all just came out all-at-once.
“It was pure happiness,” Jansen said. “I’m not really an emotional guy on the field. I try to contain it or almost save it for after. I’ve obviously been battling and struggling and I feel like I’ve just missed so many pitches this whole season. The fact that I could make an impact with the grand slam like that, I couldn’t help but fist-pump around first base.”
Let’s see where this form of players and climbing win after win take The Blue Jays on the card as given the reinforcement near to return in the shape of their sidelined key contributors coming off from injuries.