The Seattle Mariners have defeated the Toronto Blue Jays two games to zero in a best-of-three series in the Wild Card round. This is the first time that Seattle has made the playoffs since the 2001 season.

The Mariners finished as the fifth seed in the American League with a regular season record of 90-72. Let’s take a look at how they defeated the Blue Jays in games one and two.

Game one:

The Mariners jumped all over Blue Jays’ ace, Alek Manoah, in the top of the first inning to take a 3-0 lead. Recently-acquired, star pitcher Luis Castillo pitched an absolute gem for Seattle, holding the Blue Jays to zero runs. The Mariners tacked on another run in the fifth inning and finished with a 4-0 victory.

Game two: 

This was a much more competitive game compared to game one as game two finished in a one-run game.

Early in the game, it was all Toronto as they jumped to an 8-1 lead after five innings and the game looked to be over. The Mariners, however, clawed back with four runs of their own in the top of the sixth inning to cut the lead to just three runs. The Blue Jays would add another run in the seventh to go up four runs. Transitioning to the eighth inning, the play of the game occurred when J.P. Crawford doubled on a bloop to center field; two Blue Jays collided and missed the ball allowing three runners to score to tie the game at nine. Finally, in the ninth inning, Adam Frazier singled in Cal Raleigh to give the Mariners a 10-9 lead, which ended up being the final score.

As a reward for defeating the Blue Jays, the Mariners must now face the American League favorite and division rival, Houston Astros.

The Astros finished the regular season with a fantastic record of 106-56. This will certainly be a tough test for Seattle as the Astros have dominated the American League dating back to 2017.

Although some believe the Mariners may be content just to make the playoffs, here they are facing the defending American League champions in the Divisional round of the playoffs.

How far will the Mariners go? Will they defeat the mighty Astros?

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