The Toronto Blue Jays have just won Game 5 in the American League Division Series against the Texas Rangers at Toronto’s Roger Centre.
Starting this afternoon at 3pm, the Blue Jays and the Rangers faced off for the fifth and final time in the first round of the playoff series. With the Rangers taking away the first two games in Toronto, and the Blue Jays coming back with wins in Texas in both the third and fourth game, it all came down to today’s tie-breaker.
It has been twenty-two years since the Blue Jays have made it to the playoff series, and as the only Canadian baseball team in Major League Baseball, the country of Canada was watching. Fans all over the country were tuned into the game, including a rowdy crowd of 49,742 fans crammed into the Rogers Centre today.
During the seventh inning of the game Blue Jay fans were given quite the exciting game- both for the worse and the better.
At the top of the seventh inning the Rangers were at bat, with a 2-2 score in the deciding ALDS game 5, when Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin threw the ball back to pitcher Aaron Sanchez on the mound. Rangers’ Shin-Soo Choo was at bat at the time, and happened to be holding his bat out over the plate as he adjusted his elbow pad, when Martin’s throw deflected off of Choo’s bat and headed toward third base.
This caused Texas’ Rougned Odor, who was sitting on third base, to run home as home-plate umpire Dale Scott waved time.
Rangers’ manager Jeff Banister conferred with umpire Scott, who then awarded the Rangers the plate, and a score of 3-2, which was then quickly challenged by Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, who waited patiently for a recall as the umpiring crew initiated a replay review to New York.
However, after a ten minute delay in the game the recall was not permitted, and the score sat at 3-2 for the Rangers, causing the Toronto crowd to erupt into chanting obscenities and throwing half-filled bottles and other rubbish onto the field.
But in the bottom of the seventh the Blue Jays came back with vengeance, playing off of three straight Rangers errors. Rangers’ shortstop Elvis Andrus bobbled two balls before first baseman Mitch Moreland threw an errant throw. Blue Jays Josh Donaldson then managed to hit a ball a little beyond second base, allowing a tying run of 3-3.
Next at bat was Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista, who delivered the game-winning hit with a three-run homer.
Rangers’ pitcher Sam Dyson had thrown his 1-1 fastball, but Bautista sent it flying to the second deck of the Roger’s Centre for a 6-3 lead, and ultimately win, against the Texas Rangers.
The Blue Jays’ 20-year-old closer Roberto Osuna finished and maintained the 6-3 lead, with two strikeouts in the eighth inning and a perfectly pitched ninth.
The Blue Jays will now advance to the ALCS, in which Canada will continue to watch and cheer for their country’s team.