Mariners win series against Blue Jays with style

Toronto Blue Jays v Seattle Mariners
Toronto Blue Jays v Seattle Mariners / Steph Chambers/GettyImages

The Seattle Mariners were untouchable in their series win against the Toronto Blue Jays that featured comebacks, clutch hitting and things that you would not see in your wildest dreams. Long story short, Seattle is NOT the Blue Jays home away from home. 

Mike Ford has some bad blood in him, as he appears to be the next Barry Bonds, minus the steroids. While not an everyday bat, he went 2-for-6 with an HR and two RBI against Toronto, getting him up to 11 HR on the season. 

Game 1 - Late game offensive heroics; Mariners win 3-2  

Seattle found itself down 2-0 at the seventh-inning stretch, with lackluster offensive production to that point in the game. Then, once per inning in the next three innings, they scored one run to win the game, capped off by a walk-off by Teoscar Hernández against his former team

Not only for his walk-off, but Teo was the hero of the first game. He went 3-for-5, being one of only two players with multiple hits. Ty France was the only other player hit with multiple hits, going 2-for-3. 

On the pitching end, Bryce Miller went 5.1 innings giving up just one run. Not a quality start by the exact definition, but about as close as you can get to one. The Bullpen allowed just one run in their 3.2 innings of work, securing the game-win for the Mariners. 

Game 2 - Seventh-inning comeback for 50th win; Mariners win 9-8 

Despite striking first to take a 3-0 lead after three innings, the Mariners found themselves down 7-4 late in the game. But yet again, the seventh-inning stretch seemed to light the fire beneath the team, as they scored 5 runs to take a 9-7 lead in an eventual 9-8 win.

The win clinched the series win and the team’s 50th win, as well as meaning that they at least made up some ground in the AL Wild Card race. 

Six Mariners got a hit in the win, with J.P Crawford, Julio Rodríquez, Cal Raleigh and Dylan Moore all having multi-hit games. Raleigh specifically once again proves to the world that he is the Blue Jays’ kryptonite, having a fantastic series in an otherwise rather underwhelming season. 

Game 3 - Series sweep not in the cards; Blue Jays win 4-3 

After entering the seventh-inning stretch down for the third straight game, the comeback did not happen to secure the series sweep. Bryan Woo went 6.0 innings giving up four earned runs. Not a terrible game, but not enough to secure the win for his team.

Outside of Ford’s early two-run HR, the offense for Seattle was rather quiet, tallying just five total hits on the game. It was especially disappointing, seeing as the opposing pitcher was the struggling Alek Manoah. 

Seattle gears up for a round trip on their upcoming schedule, beginning with a three-game set against the Minnesota Twins before heading down to Arizona for a three-game set against the Diamondbacks. After that, they host the Boston Red Sox at home, a team ahead of them in the AL Wild Card Race.