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  W: M. Gonzales (14-10)   L: C. Buchholz (0-3)   S: M. Magill (4)
1:10 PM PT2:10 PM MT3:10 PM CT4:10 PM ET16:10 ET20:10 GMT4:10 1:10 PM MST3:10 PM EST3:40 PM VEN0:10 UAE (+1)3:10 PM CT, August 25, 2019
T-Mobile Park, Seattle, Washington  Attendance: 29,698

Bichette, Jays look to take series in Seattle

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According to STATS

Toronto Blue Jays at Seattle Mariners

  1. The Blue Jays have lost five games in a row, one game off their season-long losing streak of six set in late May/early June. Over this streak, Toronto is averaging 1.8 runs per game and batting .182 as a team.
  2. The Mariners return home after going 6-3 on a nine-game road trip that including winning two of three games against the Blue Jays in Toronto. Seattle has won three consecutive series overall, the longest-active series win streak by any AL team.
  3. The Blue Jays have hit 57 home runs since July 27, second most in the majors over that time behind the Yankees (58). Toronto has had an MLB-high 14 different players hit a home run since July 27.
  4. Kyle Seager has hit at least 15 home runs in eight consecutive seasons with the Mariners, tied with Jay Buhner for the third-longest such streak in franchise history. The only Mariners with more consecutive 15-home run seasons are Ken Griffey Jr. (12) and Edgar Martinez (9).
  5. The Mariners have used 63 different players this season, one off the major league record of 64 set by the 2014 Texas Rangers. Seattle has used 40 pitchers this season, tied with 2017 Mariners and the 2014 Rangers for most pitchers used in a single season all-time.
  6. Since the All-Star break, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is slashing .341/.406/.589 with seven home runs and 30 RBI in 35 games. Guerrero Jr. and Rowdy Tellez each have hit 15 home runs this season, making the Blue Jays the only team in the majors this season with two rookies with 15+ home runs apiece.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/23/2019 thru 8/25/2019

Bo Bichette has already made a believer out of his manager, Charlie Montoyo. Can the rest of baseball be far behind?

The rookie shortstop went 3-for-5 with a double, home run and three RBIs Saturday night as the Toronto Blue Jays snapped a six-game slide with a 7-5 victory against the host Seattle Mariners.

The teams wrap up the three-game series Sunday afternoon at T-Mobile Park.

"It's amazing what this kid is doing," Montoyo told reporters. "It's not easy to hit like that against all kinds of pitching. He's been fun. The guy's going to be a star for a long time."

Bichette, who hit two home runs last week against the Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, hit a solo homer in the third inning Saturday against longtime Mariners ace Felix Hernandez.

"Confidence. He's got confidence," Montoya said. "He believes in himself, and that's one thing you don't want to take away from players. He can hit anybody, and he has so far."

Bichette singled home a run in a four-run seventh inning that gave Toronto the lead and added a run-scoring double in the eighth to provide an insurance run.

Bichette, the son of former major-leaguer Dante Bichette, credits his father.

"Growing up, my dad let me do my thing and be athletic, be myself," Bichette told MLB.com. "I was never forced into one swing, so I'm able to make adjustments on the fly."

Bichette also showed his potential with his glove.

With the Blue Jays leading 7-5 in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Mariners threatened. With runners at second and third and one out, pinch hitter Tom Murphy grounded to short. Instead of gambling to turn a double play or just to take the easy out at first, Bichette fired the ball home to throw Daniel Vogelbach out at the plate.

"I told him when he got to the dugout, dude that's why you're going to play 20 years in this league and I only played a month, because I would have gone to first," Montoya said. "He has those instincts and it's awesome to see, 'OK, I got this guy.' Nice and relaxed. You have to be relaxed to make that play because if you don't make the right play, it's a big mess. It's bases loaded. To be that cool and collected ... it's fun to watch."

The Blue Jays' rally spoiled a strong outing from Hernandez, who was making his first start since May 11 because of shoulder issues.

"I've been here for a long time," Hernandez told MLB.com, referring to his 15 seasons with the Mariners. "Just to be out there with my teammates and competing, it was fun."

The Blue Jays will try to take the series Sunday when right-hander Clay Buchholz (0-2, 6.57 ERA) is scheduled to return from the 60-day injured list to make his first start since May 5. Buchholz has been battling a Grade 2 teres major muscle strain in his upper back but has made three rehabilitation starts. Buchholz is 2-1 with a 3.12 ERA in five career starts against Seattle.

The Mariners will left-hander Marco Gonzales (13-10, 4.30) to the mound. Gonzales will be attempting to set a single-season high for victories. He's 0-1 with a 5.14 ERA in one career start against Toronto.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 25, 2019

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