Blue Jays, Gusman reign supreme in an intense match against the Orioles to start a double-header

Baltimore – Baseball hits in September a little differently, right? The Toronto Blue Jays’ three-game sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates this weekend was a baseball game in September as well. But it wasn’t a baseball game in September like the club that played the Baltimore Orioles on Monday afternoon.

This September edition of baseball was the first of 10 intense and meaningful matches between these two clubs over the next 30 days as they battled for the Major League Wild Card position — an important game on paper delivered as soon as the pitches began to fly.

bold pitching displays; house runs loud controversial call; The Blue Jays won 7-3 in the first game from a scheduled traditional double header.

It remains to be seen if rainfall forecasts in the area spoil Monday’s second game. But the Blue Jays hope that won’t be the case so they can carry the positive momentum to not only win, but the three-stroke ninth inning race that he helped propel.

The Blue Jays colored those out of the Orioles’ DL Hall – called in days ago to aid in the club’s playoff push – which quickly turned the score in the box into one that did not reflect the fiercely contested one-run game. Play when the half starts. It was a stressful offensive attack more than three hours after Kevin Gusman put everything on the line for the Blue Jays in his latest powerful run.

Gusman entered seventh, allowing for a pair of runs on seven hits while he was hitting six. He succumbed to one of those kicks early on, leaving a double break, full counting until Anthony Santander, who took it 414 feet to Eutaw Street for Homer X only hitting the right hand side all year. But Gausman returned to the dugouts later, starting a series of retired seven Orioles hitters to reach fourth.

That’s when Adley Rutschman flew with a torch to the right that fell from Teoscar Hernandez’s reach. On Guzman’s next court, second base referee Jeff Nelson called him in for a foul, and Rochman awarded second base.

You’re probably familiar with the pre-pitch bounce in a Guasman setup. Obviously, Nelson was, too. The pitch was Guzman’s first with a runner at the base all afternoon and he looked no different than the more than 2,600 pitches he threw this season. Gusman has been called to foul only once this year prior to Monday, and only three times in his decade-long career. But Nelson felt this was his fourth:

If that doesn’t sound unusual to you, well, that’s because it isn’t. This is how Gausman has always come up with. Here’s a side-by-side from Gusman’s handicap (left) and the next pitch he threw with Rutschman standing second (right):

And here it slows down – again, the balk is called on the left, and the next tone is on the right:

To suggest that Gusman was pissed off at the call would be an understatement. Perhaps the only thing that kept him in the game was Bo Bichette’s quick sprint to intercept Gausman as he walked in Nelson’s direction.

It eventually took Bichette and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. To keep Gausman back while Blue Jays manager John Schneider took over the discussion on his behalf. Moments later, the dust was still settling, Gussman was looking at the heart of Baltimore’s order with no second-place runner out.

Of course, hit the side. Of course, of course, he did. Santander – on his next appearance on the board after taking Gusman deep – glanced at a fast, low ball that Alejandro Kirk had swept into the area. He’s got Ryan Mountcastle on four pitches, and three warmers setting up a splitter to blast under the first bat. He got Ramon Urias with just three, earning a named pair of hits before the third baseman sat down with another terminator diving into the dirt. Walking up the hill, Gussman stared coldly in Nelson’s direction as he walked toward his hideout.

He carried that intensity to fifth when he once again had to pull himself out of the crowd, getting a pair of outs in the air and one on the ground to hook up a pair of singles that led to the inning. MacGyver’s Gausman couldn’t get out of another jam on the sixth, with Ryan Mountcastle driving in front of Rutschman, and the soft connection—exit speed of 72.7 mph—one globe. But he did have two of the next five contests, eliminating any hope of the Orioles’ career.

In the end, Gausman completed three trips through the Baltimore Order, allowing only seven of the twenty-seven hitters he encountered to reach base. He didn’t walk for the ninth time in the 26th start of the season, lowering his ERA to 3.12 and raising his FIP to 2.18 in the process.

Meanwhile, the Blue Jays were watching Orioles player Mike Bowman well into his first career start, putting nine balls in play at 98 mph or harder during his five innings. But they weren’t able to sequence that difficult connection into so many kicks that Baumann was only flagged three times in the day he could have had more.

Alejandro Kirk went out with a runner at first; Santiago Espinal jumped into double play at the end of the second half with two in the second; And it took Gunnar Henderson’s ball at second base to prevent Kirk from ending another game with a double play in the third.

Henderson’s botched transfer deal allowed for a scoring run, Toronto’s second after Cavan Biggio led Matt Chapman before the first half. Another one came in fifth as Henderson fired another potential double off Bo Bichette’s racket, settling on just one at the start rather than attempting to make the second. Remove these two guys from Henderson and it will be a very different ball game.

However, that’s not how baseball works. Therefore, the Blue Jays had an eighth place lead, when Tuscar Hernandez took Brian Baker to a dead position in his 20th home of the season. And although the Orioles responded with a solo shot of their own in the second half, capping Santander with an eight-pitch battle with Tim Maesa’s full-count diver lap around the left-court pole, that lead finished first in the ninth inning. seem.

That’s when Lourdes Gurriel Jr. With a single against Hall, Santiago Espinal worked an 11-pound rally, and George Springer and Guerrero followed up with their own single. Then Bichette hit another base on the right – his third in the game – which helped extend Toronto’s lead even more.

In the end, Blue Jays hit 14 hits – Bichette, Springer and Gurriel came in three times each. Every hitter in the starting lineup has reached the base at least once. They mark the kind of damage they intend to do in this three-game series, and over the course of the nine matches between these teams that follows in the next 30 days.

But by eight rounds, it was an intense, fiercely contested, and meaningful game. It is likely that these two teams will play a group from next September.