Saturday’s showdown between the Toronto Blue Jays and Atlanta Braves felt like an unpredictable movie thriller. Just as the storyline was about to turn in one direction, it swung the opposite way. The opening featured a slow burn, as any good film does. But when the climax arrived, it didn’t pull any punches.
And thankfully for the home team, they avoided disaster multiple times before ultimately coming out on top in this afternoon affair, which kept baseball fans on the edge of their seats all game.
José Berríos, carrying a 4.91 ERA into his eighth start of the season, looked like his 2021 self early on, tossing a spotless first inning. He gave the home crowd a jump scare in the second, though, allowing a two-run shot off Marcell Ozuna’s bat after leaving a fastball over the heart of the plate – one of many instances where his command was far from pinpoint.
That translated into three walks on the day for Berríos. But he made quality pitches when he had to. And when he found himself in trouble, the Blue Jays right-hander trusted his defence to bail him out, which they did on numerous occasions.
George Springer, in particular, made one of his best catches of the season in right …
Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation