The Mariners celebrate an epic comeback against the Blue Jays. Oct 8, 2022; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Seattle Mariners players celebrate in the locker room after defeating the Toronto Blue Jays in game two of the Wild Card series for the 2022 MLB Playoffs at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays were going to play a winner-take-all game on Sunday in the American League Wild Card Series. Seattle won Game 1 of the best-of-three series on Friday, but Toronto led 8-1 after five innings on Saturday. Fortunately for the Mariners and unfortunately for the Blue Jays, baseball games go nine innings.

Seattle chipped away in the top of the sixth, scoring four runs, with three coming on a home run from Carlos Santana. Toronto got one back in the bottom of the seventh inning but the Mariners again scored four runs in the eighth inning.

The last three came on a bloop hit with the bases loaded from J.P. Crawford. The Blue Jays couldn’t reach the ball and when George Springer and Bo Bichette collided, the ball was far enough away from second baseman Santiago Espinal that Mitch Haniger scored the tying run from first base.

The Blue Jays escaped the eighth with the game tied — but not for long. Cal Raleigh hit a one-out double in the ninth inning and after Haniger flew out, Adam Frazier smoked a two-out double into the right-field corner to score Raleigh.

In the bottom half of the inning, Matt Chapman drew a one-out walk for the stunned Blue Jays. That was all the rally Toronto could muster. Corey Brock — normally a starter — recovered to strike out Danny Jansen and get a flyout from Raimel Tapia, bringing the series to an abrupt end.

Whether this was a monumental choke from the Blue Jays or an epic collapse from the Mariners is up to the individual beholder.

And there was no shortage of both takes.

One thing that’s not debatable, though, is that this was stunning. Comebacks of this magnitude have seldom been seen in the history of the MLB postseason.

For the Blue Jays, it was the stunning end to a season that provided their first postseason trip since 2016. The Mariners, who are in the playoffs for the first time since 2001, will now take on their rivals from the American League East, the Houston Astros, in the American League Division Series.

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