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Friday, October 23, 2015

ALCS: JAYS ELIMINATED

KANSAS, Mo. (AP) - The Toronto Blue Jays ran out of playoff lives Friday, exiting the post-season as the Kansas City Royals gutted out a tense 4-3 victory to win the American League Championship series four games to two.

Jose Bautista was a one-man wrecking crew for Toronto in a playoff thriller driving in three runs with a pair of homers included a two-run shot in the eighth inning that tied it at 3-3 when the Jays were down to their last five outs.

But the Royals answered with a run to end Toronto's season and then held off the Jays in a nail-biting ninth.

"I'm definitely proud of our team,'' Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "It's been a fun group to be around every day.''

"We're all disappointed we're not moving on, that's baseball,'' he added. "We put up our best fight today.''

Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar was unanimously selected the ALCS MVP.

There was drama aplenty before a jacked-up Kauffman Stadium crowd of 40,494, including a 45-minute rain delay midway through the eighth.

When the game resumed, Toronto closer Roberto Osuna was on the mound. The 20-year-old phenom had been lights out most of the season but he walked Lorenzo Cain, who came home on Eric Hosmer's ensuing single for a 4-3 lead. Kendrys Morales singled to put men on first and second.

A double play ended the inning but the damage was done.

Russell Martin singled off closer Wade Davis to open the ninth. Dalton Pompey came on as a pinch-runner and promptly stole second and then third.

Kevin Pillar worked an eight-pitch walk and stole second, removing the double play opportunity as pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro struck out. Davis then struck out Ben Revere, leaving MVP candidate Josh Donaldson as the Jays' final out and Bautista on deck.

Donaldson, 0 for 4 on the night, grounded out to third in a tense at-bat to end the evening, leaving men on second and third.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great news.

Anonymous said...

Going 3 for 11 in game 2 and 0 for 12 in game 6 with runners in scoring position you deserve to lose in the playoffs.

Hopefully they take the $20 million Buerhle was making and use it toward signing Price

Anonymous said...

The were never going to win anyway without their Ace (Price) being special, and he was NOT! Pitching is still an issue. You are going to be in a lot of tight games in the playoffs and if you don't have enough good arms, you will come up just short as did the Jays. Next year country now. With Buerhle and Prices's money maybe they can acquire some quality arms to support Strohman and Esrtraada.

Anonymous said...

STOP NDP