TORONTO — George Springer and the Blue Jays put up one final power performance, but even a 91st win in Game 162 could not continue Toronto’s maverick season.
Springer scored two home runs, including a Grand Slam, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. launched his 48th homer as the Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 12-4, not enough to avoid a playoff elimination on Sunday.
“Unfortunately our fate was in the hands of the other team,” Springer said. “We were expecting something but obviously it didn’t happen.”
Toronto needed a win and loss by the Yankees or the Red Sox on the final day of the regular season to force at least one tiebreaker game on Monday for the AL wild card. But the Blue Jays’ hopes were dashed when Boston rallied from a four-run deficit to beat Washington 7-5 on a two-run homer by Rafael Devers at the top of the ninth inning, leaving stunned Toronto fans at the Rogers Center. silenced. To watch the Red Sox on the big video board.
Not long ago, New York secured a post-season berth after beating Tampa Bay 1–0, scoring a run in the bottom of ninth place.
“It hurts,” Guerrero said through a translator. “Knowing that you’ve won 91 games and you haven’t made it to the playoffs, it really hurts me, it hurts all my teammates. It’s going to make me even better than this year to come back next year.” Is.”
The only second time the Blue Jays won 90 or more games and failed to reach the postseason was 1987, when Toronto’s 96 win left the team two games behind AL East champions Detroit. The Blue Jays lost their final seven games that season, four to the Tigers.
Hyun Jin Ryu (14–10) took five innings to win for the first time since September 6, Marcus Semien hit a single home run and Tesocar Hernández had three hits and three RBIs as the Blue Jays scored in the first five innings. Scored in each. .
“Those guys all came out to play the series,” said Trey Mancini of Baltimore. “It’s one of the best crimes I’ve personally seen.”
Tyler Nevin hit his first career home run for Baltimore, a 442-foot drive from Ryu into the fourth deck, but the Orioles made a distant end at 52–110 in the AL East.
“Obviously, our record is not where it should be,” Mancini said. “We have a long way to go, but a lot of good things happened this year and a lot of people made a name for themselves.”
The Blue Jays (91–71) scored four home runs in game 162 and finished with 262, the most in the Majors this season and the most in Toronto history.
Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said, “I am very proud of this team for overcoming all the obstacles that stood in our way to win 91 games.”
With the US-Canada border closed due to the coronavirus pandemic at the start of the season, Toronto was forced to play home games in April and May at its Spring Training home in Dunedin, Florida. In June, the Blue Jays moved to their Triple-A colleague’s home, Buffalo, New York, before they were finally approved to return north of the border on July 30.
“It wasn’t easy,” Montoyo said of playing in the three cities. “You’re moving families, you’re running out of leases to move to another place.”
Toronto went 25-11 at home after Rogers went back to center, leading some players to wonder what could have happened without all the turmoil.
“The things we’ve dealt with aren’t excuses, but they are the reality of our circumstances,” said shortstop Bo Bichette, struggling to control his emotions. “I think sometimes we should have more minds than our minds.”
Springer’s home runs were his 21st and 22nd, his 18th career multihomer game and his fourth run of 2021.
He first gave the Blue Jays an early advantage with a leadoff homer against left-hander Bruce Zimmerman. It was the 43rd lead-off home run of his career and the fourth of the season.
Springer made the sixth, third of his career, 9–1 with his slam to Eric Hainhold.
Guerrero moved to the Springer when he defeated Marcos Deplan in second, matching Kansas City catcher Saldavar Pérez for the major league lead. Guerrero also broke a tie with Eddie Matthews (1953) for the most home runs scored by a player aged 22 or younger in a season.
While Semin and AL Cy Young are headed for free agency award favorite Robbie Ray, the Blue Jays feel good about what Guerrero and Bichette showed in their first full season.
“They are special players in my eyes,” Springer said. “They are special talents who work hard, constantly want to get better. As far as the ceiling is concerned, I don’t think they have scratched the surface yet.”
Making his second debut after a stint on the injured list due to a neck pain, Ryu conceded six hits and two runs. He walked one and hit seven.
Nate Pearson, Julian Meriweather, Jacob Barnes and Adam Simber all played an innings each for Toronto.
It took seven at-bats before Zimmermann (4-5) was replaced. He conceded five hits and three runs.
Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said, “I didn’t want to pull him early, but three runs left, traffic on base, I was trying to keep it there.”
Former Blue Jays left-hander Ricky Romero posted a photo on social media showing all four games of the AL wild-card race on separate television screens in a room in his home. “Today added a fourth TV to the madness,” Romero wrote. “I haven’t been walking all day.”
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Hyde celebrated his 48th birthday on Sunday.
Spinger’s slam was Toronto’s ninth season, matching the team record set in 2000.
Blue Jays: Toronto did not announce reporting dates for Spring Training 2022. The Blue Jays began exhibition play on February 26 against Minnesota.
Orioles: Pitchers and Catchers report to Spring Training on February 15, players position on February 20, and the first full workout is February 21. Baltimore began its 2022 spring training program on February 26 against the Yankees.
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