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Former Mountaineer Alek Manoah Roughed Up in AL Wild Card Round Start

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Unfortunately for West Virginia baseball product turned MLB All-Star, the biggest game of his career to date didn’t go as well as he would’ve hoped.

Manoah, who was awarded the start in game 1 of the AL Wild Card Round after a season filled with milestones, gave up 4 runs on 4 hits in 5.2 innings of work. He also walked one batter and struck out 4 Mariners. The Blue Jays failed to offer the ace any run support, trailing 4-0 when Manoah was pulled from the game. That ended up being the final, handing Manoah the loss in his first career postseason start.

Toronto’s All-Star ace posted a 16-7 record, a 2.24 ERA, 180 strikeouts and a WHIP of 0.99. He also surpassed 300 career K’s and broke a record previously held by Roger Clemens for the lowest ERA ever posted in a single month in franchise history.

The Blue Jays and Seattle are in the midst of a best of 3 series for the right to advance to the AL Division Series. The first team to win 2 games will move on. Seattle leads the series 1-0.

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Mike Asti is an experienced media personality and journalist with a vast résumé and skillset, most notably with TribLIVE Radio, WPXI and 93.7 The Fan. Asti now serves as the Managing Editor of WV Sports Now, manages and serves as the lead host for Pittsburgh Sports Live and contributes to Steelers Now, Pittsburgh Sports Now and Nittany Sports Now. He also contributes to West Virginia's Metro News among other outlets.

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