Jays clinch a playoff spot, 1st since ‘93

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               Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press

The wait is over. After 22 long years, the Toronto Blue Jays will be playing some October baseball. The Jays end the longest drought in North American sports and every single Canadian is behind them.

It was quite an exciting Saturday afternoon at the Rogers Centre, as the Blue Jays would face off against the Tampa Bay Rays in game two of their final regular season series at home. David Price would take the hill, as he would be countered by the Ray’s ace, Chris Archer.

Price would get things started quickly defensively shutting down the first three batters on eleven pitchers. Archer would then hope to do the same but things didn’t go as planned. The Jays offense would make sure to get on top quick. They would end the first inning after scoring five runs thanks to home runs from Bautista and Russell Martin. Head to the third, and that’s where Price would find himself in some trouble as the rays managed to climb back into the game with four runs of their own.

Throughout the entire game, it went back and fourth on the scoreboard as both teams had their bats going. Heading into the top of the ninth, Ryan Tepera would be sent in to close the game as the Jays held a 10-5 lead. However, the Rays were able to get some hits off the right-hander and send him to the bench. Cecil would follow but do the same shortly after. Roberto Osuna, the 20 year old that has been hands down the Jays closer this season would come in and end it off. The Jays took game three with a final of 10-8.

After the game, it was certainly party time in the clubhouse as the boys would cheers to not only another victory, but a note to the fact that they are heading to the postseason. It may just be a wild card spot at least for now, but depending on how the rest of the season goes, there could be another reason to celebrate if they clinch the AL East. The team currently stands four games ahead of their rivals, the New York Yankees for top spot with the magic number standing currently at five.

The Blue Jays will wrap up their home stand of the 2015 season tomorrow afternoon, as Mark Buehrle will take the mound. The Tampa Bay Rays will send Matt Andriese to the hill as first pitch begins at 1:07PM EST

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