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.