All I can say is, “Wow!!!”
The Toronto Blue Jays have come back from an 0-2 deficit to win the ALDS against the Texas Rangers.
You only had to watch the 7th inning.
It all began with a ball thrown back to the pitcher. Tied at 2-2, Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin did what he’s done thousands of times – throw the ball back to the pitcher. Only this time it hit the bat of Rangers outfielder Shin Soo Choo allowing Rougned Odor to score the go-ahead run. Did Choo interfere with the play? Maybe. But the Jays were down.
This could have broken the Jays’ backs. Instead, it was Texas who couldn’t handle the pressure. The Rangers made three consecutive errors. Martin reached first on an error by Elvis Andrus, Kevin Pillar got on base on a throwing error by Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland. Andrus then made his second error of the inning resulting in Ryan Goins reaching first to load the bases. After the Rangers lifted starter Cole Hamels in favor of Sam Dyson, the Jays tied the game on a fielder’s choice scoring Pillar.
Jose Bautista hit the biggest HR in Blue Jays’ franchise history since Joe Carter when he hit a no doubter off Dyson to give the Jays a 6-3 lead. Dyson got frustrated and started yelling at Edwin Encarnacion who was actually trying to calm the fans down. This cleared the benches. The benches would clear again when Dyson mouthed off to Troy Tulowitzki when the inning ended.
Jays closer Roberto Osuna appeared to be developing a blister, but he struck out Will Venable to advance the Jays to the ALCS for the first time since 1993. Osuna wasn’t yet born when they last played in the ALCS.
Toronto will find out who they play in the ALCS in about three or four hours as the Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals play in Game 5 of the ALDS.