Guerrero’s key hit came three shots after Blue Jays manager John Schneider was ejected for criticizing umpire’s strike zone behind home plate Charlie Ramos. The latter declared the first shot towards Guerrero a hold, as he looked low. Schneider yelled at Ramos from the dugout and was ejected before he went to home plate to continue his thoughts.
“I just wanted him to smell my breath,” Schneider said with a mocking smile.
With Cavan Biggio – who is averaging .181 – in the waiting circle and the first available base, Mets manager Buck Showalter decided to let ace reliever David Robertson (2-1) take on Guerrero. Robertson ended up with a 1-2 count.
“Robbie took the lead and thought he could stretch the strike zone a bit,” Showalter said. The margin for error was slim. »
The Blue Jays star went there with a swing reminiscent of his father, hitting a ball very low and inside along the left field line.
“He was like his senior,” admitted Schneider.
George Springer, who had singled and stolen second base, took the opportunity to cross home plate.
Guerrero, who is averaging .285 with eight home runs and 36 RBI this season, after averaging .292 with 80 home runs and 208 RBI the previous two seasons, waved his fist and gave himself two blows against the chest when reaching the second cushion.
“He works hard and he manages to make good swings and hit the ball with power,” said Schneider. If the result is not taken into account, I think that the fact that he made that hit at such an important moment will have positive repercussions. »
Alejandro Kirk drove in the Blue Jays’ other run on a sixth-inning single.
The win went to Nate Pearson (2-0), who shut out the Mets in the eighth. Erik Swanson allowed a hit, but closed the books in the ninth to be credited with a first save.
Daniel Vogelbach hit a one-run double in the second for the Mets.
Before the game, the Blue Jays placed the name of right-handed pitcher Chris Bassitt on the list of players on paternity leave.
In a corresponding move, the Blue Jays recalled right-handed pitcher Jay Jackson from their Buffalo farmhouse at the AAA level.
On Friday night, Bassitt held off the hitters of the New York Mets, his former team. En route to a 3-0 victory, Bassitt held his rivals to three hits and no walks while recording eight strikeouts in seven and two-thirds innings.
Afterwards, he boarded a private plane to find his wife, Jessica, who was to give birth to their second child.
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