Nothing and no one can stop Bo Bichette these days. The Blue Jays shortstop scored another key goal in Toronto on Monday to help his team win 3-2 against the Tampa Bay Rays.
At the bottom of the eighth inning, with the crowd favorites trailing 2-1, Bichette made his way to the plate while Raimel Tapia was positioned at second base. With a count of three balls and two strikes as well as two putouts from the guests, the 24-year-old dismissed the seventh offer from gunner Jason Adam and thus gave the lead to his team.
It was also Bichette who produced the first run for the Jays on a fourth-inning single.
This victory is all the more important for the Jays, who overtake their daily rivals in the overall standings. That puts them half a game ahead of the Rays as both teams not only try to secure a playoff draft spot, but also try to push York to the top of the American East group with the New York Yankees.
Coming back to the duel, gunner Jose Berrios allowed just two runs, of which only one was earned, on six hits and a walk. He also knocked out four opponents in six and a third inning, but had no part in the decision. Instead, it was successor Tim Mayza (7-0) who added the win to his tally, while Jordan Romano signed his 33rd save of the season.
Both teams will continue this important five-game streak with a doubleheader on Tuesday.
Bichette in the spotlight
Hours before the game, Bichette was named American League Player of the Week.
The latter has averaged .500, scored 11 points and scored 13 points over the past seven days. He hit four doubles, a triple and five homers.
He notably had a three-homer game on September 5 against the Baltimore Orioles.
This marks the first time since the 2019 campaign that Bichette has received such an honor while playing in Major League Baseball.
If he continues this momentum, Bichette could also earn the September Player of the Month title. Since the 1st of the month, including Monday night’s game, the representative of Canada’s only major league baseball team has maintained an impressive .511 batting average, batted 24 times from safe position and scored 21 points.
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