Mariners look to seal rivalry series against Blue Jays

For teams that play more than 2,000 miles away seattle mariners And toronto blue jays there is intense competition

maybe it’s because blue Jays have been more successful than their 1977 expansion brethren, winning two World Series titles mariners Remains the only franchise that has never played a single match

As the only Canadian franchise in the major leagues blue Jays Thousands of fans gather from across the western provinces whenever they travel to Seattle, making so much noise that it is sometimes difficult to determine which is the home team.

The teams will continue their current three-game series in Seattle on Saturday afternoon.

mariners won a four-game home series against Toronto last July, and a few days later blue Jays Sacked manager Charlie Montoyo. The teams met last October in Toronto in the American League wild-card series. mariners Erasing the seven-run deficit to complete the best-of-three set

This weekend’s series sparked some controversy when a picture of a full rack circulated on social media on Monday mariners‘Team Store that was dedicated blue Jays Jerseys and shirts — especially Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who won the All-Star Game’s home run derby on July 10 in Seattle by defeating his hometown hero Julio Rodriguez.

mariners The fans – and players – were not happy

“What the hell is this @marinersgather,” mariners close Paul Seewald tweeted, followed by a red-faced, cursing emoji

Seattle shortstop JP Crawford wrote, “Damn it,” including a facepalm emoji.

marinersFront office claimed it was just a misunderstanding

“We had a limited amount of leftover merchandise from various (mostly AL) teams after the All-Star Game,” a team spokesperson said in a statement. “The blue Jays The merchandise in question has now been removed from the Team Store.

mariners rallied for a 3–2 win in the series opener, in which Teoscar Hernandez scored the winning run against his former team with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning.

blue Jays Jordan Romano almost suffered a defeat

Toronto manager John Schneider said, “You’ve got the best guys out there and you feel good about those guys and they’ve performed very well throughout the season.” “You have all the faith and confidence in the world on those guys. And (Hernandez) hit a pitch that was a little high in the zone.”

Hernandez hit a lofted single off the right field wall to score José Caballero from third. As soon as Hernandez reached first base, he nailed his helmet in celebration.

Hernandez said, “I was enjoying everything I could, especially because we won the game.” “For me, that’s what mattered and the feelings just came out.”

Saturday’s pitching matchup includes a pair of right-handers, blue Jays All-Star Kevin Gausman (7–5, 3.03 ERA) and marinersLogan Gilbert (8-5, 3.65)

Gaussman, who will play for the first time since the All-Star break, is 0-2 in his last three starts despite reaching a 2.65 ERA over that span. Most recently, he suffered a 2–0 loss at Detroit on July 8 after allowing only two runs on five hits over six innings.

Gossman is 1-3 with a 2.38 ERA in nine career games (eight starts). mariners, they didn’t get any decision blue Jays‘ a 1–0 home win over Seattle on April 29, when he pitched seven innings, allowed six hits and struck out a career-high 13 batters. He equaled that mark last month with 13 against the Houston Astros.

Gilbert has won his last three starts. He beat the visiting Minnesota Twins 7-6 on Monday, allowing two runs on seven hits over five innings. He is 0-2 with a 6.35 ERA in his last three starts against blue Jays

–Field Level Media

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