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Blue Jays: Memorable moments from the 2022 campaign

TORONTO, ONTARIO - OCTOBER 08: Teoscar Hernandez #37 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 after hitting a home run to center field against Robbie Ray #38 of the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning in game two of the American League Wild Card Series at Rogers Centre on October 08, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ONTARIO - OCTOBER 08: Teoscar Hernandez #37 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. #27 after hitting a home run to center field against Robbie Ray #38 of the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning in game two of the American League Wild Card Series at Rogers Centre on October 08, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 27: George Springer #4 of the Toronto Blue Jays celebrates his home run with the blue jacket against the New York Yankees in the first inning during their MLB game at the Rogers Centre on September 27, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images) /

George Springer Comes in Clutch During Losing Streak

August/17/2022

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.

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