TORONTO- Surpassing a deciding game filled with many controversy, emotions, drama and just plain craziness, Jose Bautista’s three-run homer led the Blue Jays into the ALCS as baseball god delivered them an unforgettable 6-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.
Game 5 of the ALDS was filled with drama and emotions. It was the game that would probably the most talk about for the next generations.
The game was tied 2-2 and all heads turned in the top of the seventh. With Rougned Odor on third and Shin Soo-Choo at the plate with two outs, Russell Martin threw the ball and hit Choo’s bat and flew off into the distance on the astro turf.
Odor raced home and back to the Rangers’ dugout, while the Blue Jays players held their arms up in disbelief. Home plate umpire Dale Scott awarded the Rangers the go-ahead run. This controversial play put the sold out crowd in outrage as beer and garbage flew out of the stands.
The ruling on the play stood as Choo had not intentionally interfered so the ball was in play. Martin was given a throwing error and the frustrated Blue Jays trailed 3-2 and filed a protest.
Martin got a chance to redeem himself as he opened the bottom of the seventh. Baseball karma kicked in with three straight Texas errors, allowing Martin, Kevin Pillar and Ryan Goins to load the bases with none out. After Ben Revere reached on a fielder’s choice with one out, Josh Donaldson hit a loop RBI single to tied the game 3-3.
With runners at the corner with one out, Bautista showed the world of baseball why his nickname is Joey Bats as he smoked a 98 mph fastball off of Sam Dyson to left field to give the Blue Jays the go ahead lead. The highly animated Bautista hit arguably one of the greatest home runs in franchise history. Joining Joe Carter’s walk off home to help win the World Series in 1993 and Roberto Alomar’s game tying dinger during the 1992 ALCS.
Dyson took an umbrage at Bautista’s actions with his bat flip and jawed at Edwin Encarnacion, who was next up to bat and attempted to calm the fans down. The benches and bullpen emptied, although nothing came of it. The benches emptied again after the 53-minute inning was finally over after Dyson made contact to Troy Tulowitzki.
The pitching for the Blue Jays were led by their homegrown talents. Marcus Stroman stood out the moment when he was needed. The 24-year old right handed starter pitched in 6 innings and only gave up three earned runs. Stroman managed to keep his team in the ball game, especially when Cole Hamels pitched a beauty of a ball game.
Aaron Sanchez came out throwing some heat. The 22-year old went a inning and a third and hit in the upper 90’s on the gun.
An then 20-year old Roberto Osuna came out and pitch 1.2 innings to complete a 5-out save, became the youngest player to record a save in a elimination game. The young guns stood out as one of the greatest performance of their lives.
This was a game that has almost everything. Powerful offense and solid pitching matchup with a little bit of misplays, benches clearing, and emotions. This is perhaps one of the craziest and emotional postseason ever. This game will probably be one of the greatest memory that will go down in history for not just the Blue Jays, but for all of Toronto sports.