George Springer Comes in Clutch During Losing Streak
Through July and into early August, George Springer was battling an elbow injury and ended up on the IL list on August 5th. He returned ten days later on August 15th but the Jays used him sparingly at first, as he would find himself in the DH spot over centre field once he was off the IL.
On August 17th, the Jays were in the midst of a seven-game stretch that saw them win only one game, one of the first times the club has been struggling since John Schneider took over as manager.
Things seemed to be going sour against the Orioles that day until the Jays pinch-hit Raimel Tapia for Springer, with the outfielder bringing in the go-ahead run and opening the floodgates for six runs that inning, handing the Jays the win.
That knock proved to be big for Springer as well, as it was his 1000th hit in his career and the pure emotion can be seen on his face at first base, signalling a change in momentum that would help the club win six of their next seven games.