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Gregor Chisholm: Struggling Blue Jays fall to Twins in Game 1

The Toronto Blue Jays lost the first game of their American League wild card series to the Minnesota Twins.

The Toronto Blue Jays entered Game 1 of the American League wild card series with high hopes of starting fresh after a turbulent regular season. However, their weaknesses from the 162-game schedule resurfaced in a 3-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins. Poor hitting, a costly mistake on the basepaths, and subpar pitching were all factors in their defeat.

Jays manager John Schneider acknowledged that they played a good game overall but didn't get the breaks they needed. He expressed confidence in the team's ability to bounce back in the next game. The Jays had recognized the importance of scoring early in the series, as they had a strong record when scoring first during the regular season. However, they struggled to capitalize on scoring opportunities in Game 1.

The Jays had a chance to take the lead in the first inning when George Springer reached base and advanced to second. Bo Bichette, the team's top performer with runners in scoring position, had an opportunity to drive in a run but flew out to right field. The Jays finished the game 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

The biggest mistake came in the fourth inning when Kevin Kiermaier hit a dribbler down the third-base line. Bichette, who started on second, ignored a stop sign from third base coach Luis Rivera and attempted to score. Twins shortstop Carlos Correa made a sensational play, picking up the ball and throwing Bichette out at home. Bichette admitted that he was too aggressive and underestimated Correa's ability to make the play.

This loss puts the Jays in a familiar position of playing catch up in a wild card series. They have faced this situation three times in the past four years and have yet to win a playoff game since 2019. The odds are not in their favor, as teams that win Game 1 usually go on to win the series.

The Twins, on the other hand, ended their 18-game postseason losing streak with the win. This victory marks a turning point for the franchise. The Jays' postseason skid continues, and they will need to find a way to score more runs if they want to keep their playoff hopes alive. With front-line starter Sonny Gray taking the mound for the Twins in Game 2, the Jays face an uphill battle.

The Jays have their backs against the wall once again, and their ability to respond to this pressure will determine their fate. They have struggled in these situations in the past, but perhaps the third time will be the charm. The outcome of Game 2 will reveal whether the Jays can overcome their regular season struggles and make a strong postseason run.

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