Toronto Blue Jays 8, Tampa Bay Rays 3
Justin Smoak hit a pair of doubles and drove in three runs in what was likely to be his final game as a Blue Jay. Toronto ended their season with an 8-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday evening.
Smoak doubled in Rowdy Tellez during the seventh innings for a comprehensive 7-1 lead before being replaced by a pinch runner in the eighth.
He was greeted with hugs from teammates and manager Charlie Montoyo at the dugout as he exited the field for potentially the final time.
Meanwhile, Smoak’s first double of the game plated a pair during the first innings to give Toronto a quick 2-0 lead.
Teoscar Hernandez then hit a three-run homer, while Breyvic Valera also went deep for the Blue Jays.
Meanwhile, Ji-Man Choi homered for Tampa Bay, while Guillermo Heredia and Jesus Aguilar drove in a run each.
Clay Buchholz pitched five solid innings. It is also expected to be his final outing for the Blue Jays. The pending free agent veteran allowed just one run and four hits with a walk and six strikeouts.
Blake Snell allowed three hits and two runs with two walks and four strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings for the Rays. Snell was on a limited pitch count for the playoff-bound Rays. Tampa will play Oakland in the AL wild-card game.
Smoak played 684 games with the Blue Jays between 2015 and 2019. He was part of the Blue Jays teams that reached the American League Championship Series in ’15 and ’16. Furthermore, he hit a career-high 38 home runs in the 2017 season. Smoak received loud cheers from the crowd of 25,738 before each of his at-bats, and a thunderous standing ovation during his final plate appearance during the seventh.