Hunter Renfroe hit a immense slam and the head-seeded Tampa Bay Rays received a postseason sequence for the principle time in 12 years, overpowering the younger Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 Wednesday to total a two-sport sweep of their AL wild-card matchup.
Renfroe launched the principle playoff immense slam in franchise historic past trusty thru a six-bustle second inning. Tyler Glasnow kept Tampa Bay ahead from there, allowing two runs — on a pair of homers by Danny Jansen — in six innings.
Mike Zunino hit a two-bustle homer off Blue Jays ace Hyun Jin Ryu trusty thru Tampa Bay’s corpulent inning. Manuel Margot and Randy Arozarena additionally drove in runs because the Rays developed to the AL Division sequence against either the Original York Yankees or Cleveland Indians.
The following spherical begins Monday at Petco Park in San Diego. Renfroe is plenty conversant in the stadium — he hit 85 dwelling runs within the outdated three years for the Padres ahead of being traded to the Rays final December.
The Rays well-liked with some hugs and handshakes after the closing out.
Glasnow, who walked one and struck out eight ahead of a minute gathering of household and chums who had been allowed to attend the sequence at Tropicana Area.
Ryu was as soon as rocked for a season-high seven runs in 1 2/3 innings, the lefty’s shortest day out of the season for the wild-card Blue Jays.
The Rays, who received Game 1 with mix of pitching, protection and timely hitting, had dropped five consecutive multigame postseason sequence dating to the 2008 World Sequence.
A year within the past, they beat Oakland within the AL wild-card sport ahead of shedding to Houston within the division spherical — a five-sport setback that nonetheless heightened crew expectations heading into this season.
Manager Kevin Money’s crew delivered this year, profitable the AL East.
Ryu signed with the Blue Jays in free company final frosty climate after being an All-Superstar with the Los Angeles Dodgers and finishing second in NL Cy Young Award balloting in 2019.
The 33-year-passe lefty had the AL’s fourth-finest ERA this season. And, his profession ticket of .295 is third-finest unhurried Clayton Kershaw (2.43) and Jacob deGrom (2.61) amongst vigorous pitchers with a minimum of 700 innings pitched.
Ryu’s spectacular credentials intended nothing Wednesday.
The Rays began the principle inning with three straight hits and scored their first bustle on Manuel Margot’s one-out single. Ryu escaped a bases-loaded jam by inserting out Willy Adames, on the opposite hand his day out bought worse the following inning.
After Zunino’s homer made it 3-0, Tampa Bay loaded the bases but again on a double, stroll and shortstop Bo Bichette’s second error of the day.
Renfroe, bought from San Diego in an offseason trade that sent Tommy Pham to the Padres, hit his immense slam into the left enviornment seats to extend the lead to 7-0.
Toronto’s first playoff look since 2016 was as soon as temporary, but 2B Joe Panik stated the Blue Jays private plenty to be overjoyed with after earning a berth whereas having to play dwelling games in a Triple-A ballpark in Buffalo, Original York, after being denied permission to host games in Toronto attributable to the coronavirus pandemic.
“I know perhaps some americans outside the clubhouse might perhaps well see it as World Sequence or bust, however the reality that this personnel was as soon as originate of ready to band together in a temporary length of time with what originate of things now we private to cope with is one thing very particular, and one thing that I could perhaps no longer ever neglect,” Panik stated. “There’s nothing that compares to profitable the World Sequence, but I will teach this season has been very particular.”
Rays pitcher Charlie Morton takes exception to anyone who believes baseball was as soon as fortunate to delivery up and be ready to total the total 60-sport truncated agenda with no total shutdown attributable to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The distress that has been undertaken by all of the personnel, the players, doing a heck of a job day in and day out making an strive to attain the gorgeous component and it all boiled the total formula down to ultimate fortune. That’s originate of disappointing to listen to that,” the 36-year-passe gorgeous-hander stated. “The guys right here had been superior, substantial attitude about it.”
Blue Jays: 1B Rowdy Tellez, who had a pinch-hit single in Game 1 Tuesday, remained out of the starting lineup. He was as soon as positioned on the 10-day IL on Sept. 9 with an finest knee sprain and passed over the the relaxation of the frequent season.
Rays: INF Yandy Díaz (gorgeous hamstring strain) started at third spoiled, his first sport since Aug. 31.
The Rays will play within the AL division spherical for the sixth time in franchise historic past, with all of the appearances coming since 2008.
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