Toronto Blue Jays stop streak with heartbreaking loss to Mets
The Toronto Blue Jays have lost for the fist time in nearly two weeks, falling inches shy of a franchise record for consecutive wins. After Jose Bautista carried a thin offensive effort into extra innings, the Blue Jays could not hold off the New York Mets in a back-and-forth game that ended in a 4-3 loss.
Mark Buehrle gave the Toronto Blue Jays everything they could have asked for, lasting seven strong before handing off to Steve Delabar and the bullpen. Brett Cecil will be hit with his second blown save of the season and the loss to move to 1-3.
Former Blue Jays’ top prospect Noah Syndergaard was absolutely electric for the Mets, striking out 11 batters over just 6.0 innings pitched.
Home plate umpire Marty Foster got a scare in the third inning asJosh Donaldson
fouled back a heater from Syndergaard that caught him squarely in the lower part of his face mask. After finished the inning Foster had to leave the game, but the average man wouldn’t have been left standing after that blow.
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Noah Syndergaard flashed the talent that already has Blue Jays fans regretting his departure. He was forced to use 32 pitches in the first, but locked in quickly and began to peak in the fourth inning, striking out the side and looking downright dominant. He would finish the game with 6.0 innings pitched, allowing just two hits while striking out eleven. Syndergaard caused a pile of swing-and-misses that weren’t within a foot.
Bautista tied it up in the ninth with another moment of magic, roping a line-drive home run off Familia. At this point, doesn’t it almost feel expected?
Of the two dozen plays that could have tipped this game in New York’s favour in the final moments, some will point to a missed double-play opportunity in the bottom of the 11th by Danny Valencia, who chose to chase the runner coming from first instead of throwing directly to second.
MVJ: Jose Bautista
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