The Toronto Blue Jays just won’t lay down right now. They’ve won each of their last eight games, allowing them to seriously challenge for the AL Wild Card. In addition to that, however, is a historic run of wins over the New York Yankees. They have won four of those games consecutively in the Bronx over the pinstripes, and to make it even more impressive, they never even trailed during the series. No one had done that to the Yankees since way back in 1924- almost a century- when they were still called the Highlanders.
In Thursday night’s 6-4 win, Bo Bichette homered and had an RBI single while Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. hit his 42nd homer of the season in the ninth inning to give them some cushion for an attempted onslaught to come. That late comeback never happened, though, at least fully, and the Yankees are now only 0.5 games ahead of the Jays in the standings. The Red Sox, mind you, are only 1 game ahead, so it’s anyone’s ball game now in the American League Wild Card race. Speaking of tight races, the Atlanta Braves got a lot of help in their NL East battle on Thursday evening. First and foremost, they took care of business by winning their three-game set with the Washington Nationals in a 7-6 affair. It was one of those games where it always appeared the team to hit last would win, and that indeed finally occurred in the bottom of the tenth when Joc Pederson drove in two runs to win it. Prior to that, the Braves had hit five home runs, all solo shots, that kept it tight. Catcher Stephen Vogt, not known for his power, hit two of them before leaving with an injury. The Braves also gained a full game on both the Phillies and Mets as well as each of them dropped results on the night. That leaves Atlanta 3.5 up on Philly and 5 up on the Mets.