Toronto Blue Jays vs. Seattle Mariners Game Report - August 24, 2019
BarnBurner Sports Writer
Sunday, August 25, 2019
Blue Jays (7) - Mariners (5)
Rowdy Tellez’s seventh-inning double capped a four-run inning for the Toronto Blue Jays as they came back to defeat the Seattle Mariners 7-5 on Saturday night.
Down 5-2 in the seventh, BIlly McKinney began the comeback with an RBI double that brought the Jays to within two runs.
Bo Bichette picked up his second hit of the game one batter later, knocking a single to left field to cash in McKinney and close the gap to one run.
After a walk and a wild pitch from Seattle reliever Reggie McClain, Vladimir Guerrero Jr.brought Bichette home with a sacrifice groundout to tie the game.
Next up was Tellez, who drove the first pitch he saw down the left-field line to give the Jays their first lead of the game.
Bichette went 3-for-5 and was a triple away from the cycle for Toronto (53-79) who snapped a six-game losing streak with the victory.
With the loss, Seattle (55-75) had their three-game winning streak against the Blue Jays snapped.
Brock Stewart acted as the bulk reliever on Saturday, pitching five innings in relief of the opener, Wilmer Font. He allowed three runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out four.
Felix Hernandez (1-4) started for the Mariners and allowed two runs on three hits and three walks over 5.2 innings of work.
Font got into trouble right away, surrendering a walk and a double to begin the first inning. After striking out Austin Nola, Font gave up a two-run single to Kyle Seager to put the Jays in an early hole.
Toronto evened the score in the third inning thanks to a pair of solo home runs.
First, Teoscar Hernandez blasted his 20th homer of the season 428 feet to centre field, making it 2-1. Bichette tied the game two batters later, lining his eighth home run of the season into the seats in centre.
Omar Narvaez gave the Mariners back the lead in the fifth, smacking a three-run home run just over the wall in right field. The catcher’s 19th homer of the season gave Seattle a 5-2 cushion.
Bichette’s third hit of the night gave the Jays an insurance run. With one out in the eighth, the rookie lined a double into the gap in left-centre field to plate the Jays seventh run on the game.
The third and final game of the series will take place Sunday night. Veteran Clay Buchholz (0-2, 6.57 ERA) will be activated off the 60-day IL to make his first start since May 5th against the Mariners’ Marco Gonzales (13-10, 4.30 ERA)