Tensions were high Thursday night at the Rogers Centre as the Blue Jays looked to sweep the Minnesota twins in their four game finale. Heading into tonight’s game, the Jays stood two games ahead of the Twins in the AL Wild Card standings. The club looked to expand that lead with a W over the Twins. The Jays took the past three games 5-1, 3-1, and 9-7 and sought a 4-game sweep.
The Jays took an early 4-0 lead after three innings of work. Shortly after, thanks to a fan interruption as well as a home run, the Twins came back and cut the lead to 4-2. The floodgates then opened in the bottom of the fifth in which Buehrle got a lot of offensive support, including what should have been a bunt single from Ben Revere, which turned into a triple due to a throwing error. They would then add one in the sixth, to take a 9-2 lead. Buehrle gave up a home run in the top of the seventh, making it 9-3, which is where the game would finish. Mark Buehrle improved his record to 12-5 on the year.
Fans in the stadium were seen with signs stating, “We may never lose again.” Although it is a bit of a stretch, with the way the club has been hitting, it may be hard to stop the chemistry they’ve got going for them right now. In the last eleven games, the Blue Jays’ starting pitching has only allowed three runs or less. The reason? Simply because the starting pitchers have been able to stretch out the innings they pitch in to help the cause. This gives the bullpen a bit of a rest and not as much work to do.
The ball club will now head to Yankee Stadium to start a quick, pivotal three game road trip before coming back to the Rogers Centre Tuesday night to face the Athletics.