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Fan Favorite Celebration Returns In Blowout Win For Blue Jays

Just when fans thought the Jays would come up short again, Toronto wins another three game series at home against the Chicago White Sox. Chicago came into this series against the Blue Jays with the worst record in the entire MLB, which is definitely saying something considering the Oakland Athletics are around. The first game of the series went exactly how most people would have expected, ending in a 9-3 Blue Jays win. Toronto was feeling good being able to ride the big win and get back to their winning ways after losing the series prior to Tampa Bay. However, the very next game Chicago retaliated and shut out the Blue Jays 5-0. This loss took the wind completely out of Toronto’s sails and fans were almost in outrage that their team was getting no offence against a team that they beat by six runs just the day before. This has always been an issue with the Jays as a whole, almost everything else is amazing, the defense, pitching, bullpen, everything except for the consistency of their hitting. Toronto has been mediocre for so long now that the word is finally out that the team is actively shopping and looking for trades including both Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette. It was safe to say that this third and final game of the series, despite there being no importance in terms of standings, this game was a must win for the Blue Jays. Toronto went with their new look lineup of:

2B: Davis Schneider

LF: Daulton Varsho

1B: Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

SS: Bo Bichette

DH: Justin Turner

RF: Cavan Biggio

C: Alejandro Kirk

CF: Kevin Kiermaier

3B: Isiah Kiner-Falefa

SP Chris Bassit

This new lineup that the Jays have been going with as of late sees Davis Schneider get the role of being the leadoff hitter in replace of George Springer. Schneider also gets tasked at being at second base despite normally being placed in the outfield, while Cavan Biggio gets moved from second to right field.

The game got under way and early on the Blue Jays’ bats were hot as Toronto put up seven runs in just the second inning alone! During that second inning, Bo Bichette blasted a two-run homer to dead center field to put the Jays up 7-0

When Bichette reached home plate and began jogging back to the dugout, teammate Jose Berrios brought out a familiar piece of clothing that the team and fans were quite excited to see. Berrios presented Bichette with the newly reinstated homerun jacket that every player on the team wears into the dugout after hitting a homerun.

Fans haven’t seen the homerun jacket since 2022, and finally bringing their unique celebration out of retirement was certainly something everyone in the ballpark loved to see.

After a monster inning from the Jays’ offence, the pitching did the rest of the work holding the White Sox to only two runs and securing the win for the home team.

Win: Blue Jays (22-26)

Lose: White Sox (15-35)

(Toronto Key Players) B.Bichette: 2H, 1HR, 3RBI, D.Varsho: 2BB, 2RBI

(Chicago Key Players) T.Pham: 2H, 1HR, T.Banks: 2.1 IP, 4SO

Winning Pitcher: Chris Bassitt (4-6)

Losing Pitcher: Nick Nastrini (0-3)

With the win complete and the series victory secured, Jays fans can rest easy as the team now goes on the road to play a four game series against Detroit. I think this White Sox series was a major confidence boost for the Jays, regardless of the record of the other team. The offence finally found their footing for the most part and being able to tee off on a bad team is exactly what the hitters needed to get back into a groove. Obviously the team still needs to prove they can hit like this against better teams, and maintain that consistency throughout a whole season, but this was still a great step in the right direction. The team now goes on a six game road trip starting in Detroit and finishing with a two game series against the White Sox again, before returning home to play the Pittsburgh Pirates during the teams city connect week starting on May 31.


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