The Toronto Blue Jays first blew a two-run lead late in their game against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday at Rogers Centre, but a two-run push in the ninth inning gave them a 6-0 win. 5.
Down 5-4 heading into their final turn at bat, the crowd favorites first saw Alejandro Kirk hit a single before giving way to Bradley Zimmer as backup runner. George Springer then got a walk, then Bo Bichette pushed Zimmer to the plate, using a single to tie the game.
In the end, it was Vladimir Guerrero Jr. who put the finishing touches to this comeback, he whose single allowed Springer to complete his lap of the trails.
Charlie Montoyo's men, however, had a little scare, as they led 4-2 at the start of the seventh inning, but Rob Refsnyder, among others, made a two-run long ball at the expense of reliever Trent Thornton.
The victory finally went to the file of Jordan Romano (2-2), he who arrived on the mound in the ninth inning. Tyler Danish (2-1) inherited the Red Sox side loss.
The Blue Jays will have the opportunity to sweep their opponents on Wednesday. Alek Manoah (Blue Jays) will be the starting pitcher to ensure this feat of arms, while Nick Pivetta (Red Sox) will try to save the honor of his people.
Nate Pearson aside
Prior to their matchup, the Blue Jays announced that pitcher Nate Pearson would be sidelined for three to four weeks.
The 25-year-old gunner suffers from a pulled muscle. He was injured during a start in the minor leagues (AAA).
The right-hander was forced to start his 2022 campaign after his teammates, as he was diagnosed with mononucleosis in April. He got his first start on May 26. Since then, he has maintained a 3.52 ERA in seven and two-thirds innings.
Considered until recently as one of the Jays' brightest prospects, Pearson has been disappointing lately. His progress has also been significantly slowed due to injuries. He was a first-round pick (28th overall) in the 2017 draft.