Entering a series with a bounty of storylines – the Yankees looking to clinch the AL East, the Blue Jays looking to clinch a playoff spot, and Aaron Judge eagerly searching for the single-season home run record – it might have been overlooked that one of the best players in the MLB still resides in the Toronto Blue Jays clubhouse.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. had a chance to walk off the Yankees in the bottom of the 10th tonight, and he came through for his third walk-off hit of the season. With the Blue Jays magic number getting smaller and smaller by the day, as well as their odds to perhaps steal the division from the Yankees, Guerrero’s clutch hit kept all of it alive. On top of it all, us fans were treated to several seconds of Vladdy walking off the field shouting “My house! This is my house!”
“THIS IS MY HOUSE!”
Vladdy walkoff!!! Jays magic number is 3. pic.twitter.com/t07wMFgBdd
— Tim and Friends (@timandfriends) September 27, 2022
IT WAS SO FUCKING OBVIOUS TO WALK HIM!! pic.twitter.com/UTYpNcf6Pv
— Big Nick Turturro (@NickTurturro1) September 27, 2022
Guerrero’s walk-off hit, the bullpen, adjoined with some outstanding in-game management from John Schneider contributed to Toronto’s 3-2 win over New York on Monday night.
With the game tied at 2 entering the 10th inning, Schneider went to Anthony Bass to face the 7-8-9 section of the Yankees lineup with the ghost runner on second. Bass sandwiched a walk in between strikeouts of Harrison Bader and Jose Trevino, setting the stage for select strings for Schneider to pull. The interim Jays skipper decided to pull Bass in favor of Tim Mayza. Schneider then intentionally walked Judge to load the bases for Anthony Rizzo. It took the bat out of Judge’s hands, and opened up the left-on-left matchup for Mayza.
Rizzo grounded out, and the Blue Jays kept the game tied at 2. Yankees fans peppered throughout the Rogers Center boo’d the intentional walk, but the Blue Jays simply didn’t care. They’re trying to get in the playoffs, and that means that playoff-like decisions need to be made. The plan worked, and you know what happen …
Author: Evan Stack / Blue Jays Nation