TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays aren’t glad about getting blown out in three important video games both.
Followers booed the Blue Jays off the sector after a lacklustre 10-0 loss to the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. Toronto has misplaced the primary three video games of the four-game sequence by a mixed rating of 26-7, dealing the Blue Jays’ post-season hopes a critical blow.
“They count on us to win, and that’s truthful. I feel everyone understands that,” outfielder George Springer advised reporters in a sombre Toronto clubhouse. “There’s no person that desires to win greater than us on this locker room.
“I don’t suppose it’s for lack of effort. I do know that the blokes in right here are attempting. We’re doing our greatest however it might not appear that approach due to the consequence, however on the finish of the day, (the booing) is comprehensible.”
The loss put the Blue Jays (80-66) a full recreation behind the Seattle Mariners for the third and last wild-card spot within the American League. Seattle had a two-run fifth inning to edge the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 earlier Wednesday.
Earlier than visiting Rogers Centre, the Rangers have been the odd crew out, however their three wins in Toronto have put them within the second wild-card spot.
“Everyone knows that this can be a large sequence and so we’re all disenchanted,” mentioned beginning pitcher Yusei Kikuchi by way of translator Yusuke Oshima. “All we will do is simply flip the web page. Tomorrow’s a brand new day.”
Kikuchi (9-6) pitched 5 innings, giving up six runs on 5 hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Bowden Francis, Jordan Hicks, Genesis Cabrera, and Chad Inexperienced got here out of Toronto’s bullpen.
Nathaniel Lowe and Mitch Garver smashed three-run homers whereas Robbie Grossman had a two-run homer as Texas (81-64) received its fifth-straight recreation. Jonah Heim and Evan Carter added RBI singles.
The Blue Jays pitching employees entered Wednesday’s recreation with a mixed 3.73 earned-run common, mere share factors behind Seattle (3.73) for finest in Main League Baseball.
Toronto supervisor John Schneider mentioned his pitchers have lacked their ordinary edge in opposition to the Rangers.
“You’ve bought to get forward and also you’ve bought to place individuals away,” mentioned Schneider. “It’s a troublesome lineup. They’re not budging, they’re not chasing, and you may see precisely what they’ll do to a employees and a bullpen once they’re swinging at good pitches and doing injury with guys on.”
Jordan Montgomery (September 11) was stable for Texas, putting out three and giving up 4 hits and a stroll over seven innings. Relievers Martin Perez and Ian Kennedy preserved his shutout.
Blue Jays all-star first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., lastly bought successful within the first inning after beginning the pivotal sequence 0 for 8 on the plate with 4 strikeouts. Even then, his first hit of the sequence was a bit of fortunate.
Guerrero bounced the ball to Montgomery, who misplayed it, after which Rangers shortstop Corey Seager dropped the ball, permitting the Toronto first baseman to succeed in base.
Heim bought Texas on the board within the fourth. Seager led off with a stroll, and Grossman adopted that up with a single. After a Garver popout, Heim singled to attain Seager from second.
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Lowe then cleared the bases within the subsequent at bat, crushing a three-run homer 420 toes for a 4-0 Rangers’ lead. His sixteenth dwelling run of the season got here on an 89.3 m.p.h. slider from Kikuchi with a 106.4 m.p.h. exit velocity.
Grossman tacked on two extra runs within the fifth inning with a moon shot of his personal. He looped an 83.9 m.p.h. curveball to deep left discipline for his tenth of the season. That homer scored Seager to make it 6-0.
Texas didn’t let up within the sixth, with Carter’s single giving Lowe ample time to run dwelling. Josh Smith bought caught in a run down between second and third, saving Toronto from a fair longer inning.
As Guerrero flied out to finish the sixth — dropping him to 1 for 9 within the sequence — among the 25,495 followers at Rogers Centre began to boo.
These jeers grew louder within the ninth when Garver launched a 95.2 m.p.h. four-seam fastball from Inexperienced to deep centre, cashing in Carter and Grossman for a double-digit lead.
“Not nice, however I perceive,” mentioned Schneider of the boos. “The followers need to see thrilling, profitable, baseball.
“Us, as opponents, gamers, employees, myself, everybody included, don’t like to listen to it, however on the identical time we admire once they’re voicing their frustration when it’s deserved.”
CHAPPED — Toronto third baseman Matt Chapman participated in hitting, working and infield drills for the second day in a row. Chapman has been on the injured record since Aug. 28 with an infected proper center finger.
ON DECK — Blue Jays ace Kevin Gausman (11-8) will begin for Toronto because it closes out its four-game sequence with Texas.
Nathan Eovaldi (11-4) will take the mound for the Rangers.
This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Sept. 13, 2023.
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