Top MLB Wild Card Games: Mariners full comeback, NYM-SD, PHI-STL in action

Day 2 of MLB wild card action is underway as the Cleveland Guardians swept the Tampa Bay Rays in Saturday’s opener via a walk-off homer.

Seattle followed that up with a blowout win over Toronto to wrap up the streak.

Meanwhile, the Mets look to bounce back from a disappointing outing against San Diego and Philadelphia looks to close the door on St. Louis.

Here are the top plays from Saturday’s wild card games:

Phillies vs. Cardinals (Game 2, PHI leads 1-0)

Harper BUGS a deep home run

Bryce Harper hit a 435-foot shot to deep right, giving the Phillies an early 1-0 lead.

Padres vs. Mets (Game 2, SD leads 1-0)

Blast off!

Francisco Lindor got the Mets on the board in the first with this 403-foot moonshot to left.

He’s doing it again

After a 7-1 win over the Mets on Friday, Padres CF Trent Grisham went to court again, this one in the top of the third to tie the game at 1-1.

Mariners 10, Blue Jays 9 (SEA wins series 2-0)

Teoskar goes to the yard

Blue Jays slugger Teoscar Hernandez gets his team on the board first in a win-or-go-home game for Toronto, hitting a two-run shot into left field for a 2-0 lead.

Teoscar times two!

Since Vlad Guerrero Jr. hit an RBI single in the third, Hernandez extended the Blue Jays’ lead to 4-0 when he hit his second homer of the game, both off Mariners starter Robbie Ray. The homer ended Ray’s day as Seattle called Matt Brass out of the bullpen.

So close!

Carlos Santana was just yards away from cutting the Blue Jays’ lead in half. His ball to center hit the top of the wall, avoiding the outstretched arm of George Springer.

Santana followed with a double that put runners in scoring position and Jared Kelenich knocked in a run to make it 4-1 in the fifth.

Wild pitch leads to wild participation

The Mariners’ three-run deficit didn’t last long. The Blue Jays quickly loaded the bases and a passed ball allowed Santiago Espinal to score to make it 5-1. After Alejandro Kirk walked, Hernandez didn’t get a chance to hit his third home run as he was hit by a pitch to make it 6-1.

The Blue Jays add

Matt Chapman hit a fly to continue the Blue Jays’ scoring in the fifth to make it 7-1. Danny Jansen doubled to give Toronto an 8-1 lead in the fifth.

Sailors make it interesting

Blue Jays starter Kevin Gausman grounded out to start the sixth, allowing the Mariners’ first three hitters to get on base. However, he got two outs, but was still pulled from the game.

Tim Mayza came in and threw a wild pitch on his first offering to Santana, allowing a runner to score. Later in the at-bat, Santana picked off Mayza’s yard to cut the Blue Jays’ lead to 8-5.

We have a brand new ball game

After trading a pair of runs to make it 9-6, the Mariners tied the game on a bunt hit by Bo Bichette and George Springer.

Seattle SS JP Crawford hit a shallow fly to center and Bichette and Springer collided while going for the ball. The Mariners cleared the bases in the game, tying the game at 9-9.

Sailors lead the way!

Seattle took the lead in the top of the ninth after falling behind 8-1 in the fifth inning.

Adam Frazier hit a double to right field that brought in Cal Raleigh and gave the Mariners a 10-9 lead.

Guardians 1, Rays 0 (CLE wins series 2-0)

Just ugly

Tyler Glasnow appeared to be in postseason form with this strikeout.

Pitch duel

Glasnow and Triston McKenzie are in rare form, quickly turning Saturday’s game into a classic playoff duel.

A round of applause

Kudos to Glasnow, who was stellar after five innings.

McKenzie magic

Through six innings, McKenzie struck out eight and allowed just two hits.

In other words, he deals.

Narrow escape

In the bottom of the sixth, the Guardians had the bases loaded with no outs. But Jason Adam was able to hit Jose Ramirez before Josh Naylor grounded into a double play.

Run saved!

The Guardians kept the Rays off the board with this incredible defensive play!

New record!

The Rays and Guardians both left the 13th inning empty-handed, making it the first 13-inning scoreless game in MLB playoff history.

More history is being made

As the game progresses into the 15th, more MLB playoff records have been set. With the Guardians’ Sam Henges striking out Taylor Walls and Francisco Mejia to open the inning, Saturday’s game broke the record for total strikeouts in a playoff game with 38. Henges struck out Jose Siri to end the inning.

The guards are leaving!

After 14.5 innings of scoreless baseball, Oscar Gonzalez ended the game and the series by hitting a solo shot to open the bottom of the 15th, sending the Guardians into the ALDS to face the Yankees.

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