It’s been a little while since the Toronto (Buffalo) Blue Jays have made the playoffs, but they have clinched their spot in an expanded 2020 field via their victory on Thursday night at home over the New York Yankees in Buffalo. The 4-1 win takes them up to 30-27 on the season and it means they also remain alive in the chase for the AL East crown. With three games left for them, and the Yankees, they are two games off the pace, meaning they do mathematically have a shot at overtaking the Yankees, who have lost four of their last five.
The Blue Jays, who had not made the postseason since 2016, were led on the night by Hyun-Jin Ryu and Vlad Guerrero, Jr. among others. Ryu pitched seven scoreless frames while Guerrero homered in the bottom of the second to give them a lead that Bo Bichette and Alejandro Kirk would add to later. The Bronx Bombers got their sole run in the top of the eight via Gio Urshela’s infield single, but they could muster no more in their comeback attempt.