Blue Jays win Game 5, advance to ALCS

Dec 19 2017, 5:59 pm

The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 6-3 in a thrilling and deciding Game 5 at Rogers Centre in Toronto. It’s the first trip to the ALCS for the Blue Jays since 1993.

After falling behind 2-0 early in the game, the Jays tied things up in the 6th inning.

Then all hell broke loose in the 7th.

Texas took a 3-2 lead when Jays catcher Russell Martin’s throw back to the pitcher hit Shin-Soo Choo’s bat and Rougned Odor ran in from 3rd base to score. The play was initially called dead, but was overturned after the umpires conferenced. It was about as bizarre and controversial way to score a run as you’ll see.

That play looked like it was going to be the Blue Jays’ ‘Steve Bartman moment’ until they fought back in the bottom half of the inning. Three straight fielding errors by the Rangers set the table for Josh Donaldson, whose bloop-single drove in the tying run.

Then it was time for Jose Bautista and one of the most epic bat flips of all-time. Bautista hit a clutch three-run home run with two outs in the 7th to give the Jays a 6-3 lead.

Both starting pitchers, Marcus Stroman (Toronto) and Cole Hammels (Texas) were excellent in this one, pitching 6 and 6.1 innings respectively. Twenty-year-old closer Roberto Osuna finished the game off for Toronto, getting the save.

The Blue Jays advance to play the winner of Houston and Kansas City in the American League Championship Series. Game 1 is scheduled for Friday, October 16.