St. John’s baseball: Joe Panik eliminated from MLB Playoffs after sweep

Former St. John's baseball infielder Joe Panik Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
Former St. John's baseball infielder Joe Panik Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports /

Former St. John’s baseball standout Joe Panik was eliminated from the 2020 MLB Postseason.

It wasn’t a great Wednesday for former St. John’s players in the 2020 Major League Baseball Postseason.

The day started with Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Cody Stashak giving up the go-ahead home run to Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros in Game 2 of an elimination game, Amir Garrett of the Cincinnati Reds allowed a walk-off single to Atlanta Braves star Freddie Freeman in the 13th inning of a scoreless game, and then it ended with Joe Panik and the Toronto Blue Jays getting blown out of its elimination game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

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Panik started at second base in Game 2 after coming off the bench in Game 1 but the former Red Storm standout ended his season with a 1-for-6 series, going 1-for-4 in the 8-2 loss on Wednesday afternoon.

In his first at-bat in the second inning, Panik grounded out to first base with runners on first and third and the Blue Jays only down 1-0 to end the potential threat.

Joe Panik’s next at-bat didn’t come until the fourth inning when Toronto found themselves down 8-1 and the second baseman grounded out to first base once again.

The former World Series Champion’s lone hit of the game was a single to right field leading off the seventh inning but he was unable to advance as the next three Toronto hitters were retired in order.

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However, for the second straight game Panik ended the game, making the final out of the Toronto Blue Jays season with a groundout to second base in the ninth inning with no body on base.

Despite ending the season on a low note, Joe Panik has a lot to look forward to as he will be an unrestricted free agent upon the end of the postseason after his one year with the Blue Jays.

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The Tampa Bay Rays will advance to face either the New York Yankees or Cleveland Indians in the American League Division Series at Petco Park in San Diego, California.