Yankees' road struggle continue with loss to Jays

We’re going to enjoy it’ Blue Jays book an unlikely ticket to the postseason

Under Major League Baseball's expanded playoff structure, 16 teams will reach the post-season.

"The pressure's off, honestly", manager Charlie Montoyo said of his playoff outlook. Instead, after free agent add Hyun Jin Ryu silenced the New York Yankees over seven dominant innings in a 4-1 victory Thursday, they celebrated at the very same triple-A field many of their young stars passed through en route to all this, in stands empty save for the cardboard cutouts of some of their most loyal fans.

Ray breezed through the first inning but issued two walks in the second.

First, they'll need to beat the New York Yankees, in their third game of their four-game series against the Bronx Bombers at Sahlen Field in Buffalo.

Jansen hit his second homer of the game and the sixth of the season against catcher Erik Kratz, who pitched the eighth for the Yankees (32-24).

The anticipation was tantalizing the rest of the way and when reliever Rafael Dolis got the final out, the Jays spilled out of their dugout to celebrate.

Toronto survived a nervous eighth inning as NY scratched out a run off reliever Anthony Bass, who was pulled after loading the bases with his third walk of the frame.

"He could carry us for the whole playoffs", Montoya said.

When Alejandro Kirk ripped a two-RBI double into the left-field corner to score two more in the sixth, not only did the legend of the 21-year-old catcher grow yet again, the Jays had doubled their lead to 4-0 and the socially-distanced (somewhat) celebration was that much nearer. "It's going to be exciting and I'm looking forward to it". "We've been playing playoff-style games for the last three weeks".

Added Montoyo: "I was thinking of how great it would have been in Toronto full of people".

Ryu is lined up to pitch the playoff opener, with Taijuan Walker and, if necessary, Matt Shoemaker, in all likelihood, to follow him.

Before the game, the Blue Jays activated right-hander Nate Pearson after a month-long stint on the injured list due to right elbow tightness.

This was a happy ending to a regular season that left the Blue Jays without their usual home, the Rogers Centre, due to government restrictions on border-crossing implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We feel like we have such an advantage in Buffalo", Blue Jays pitcher Ross Stripling told Sportsnet's Shi Davidi. (Masahiro) Tanaka looked like he wanted nothing to do with pitching in Buffalo (Wednesday) night. "We played with a little bit of an edge and we worked our way here". "But we'll be ready wherever we have to go".

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