“I would rather get punched in May, than knocked out in October” read a fan’s sign that hung in the upper deck of Rogers Centre. The ballpark shook with joy as the Jays swept the Rangers in 3 games and punched their ticket to the ALCS.
In the bottom of the 10th it was none other than Rougned Odor than made a throwing error to first which allowed Donaldson to come in and score. Donaldson started the inning off with a double to get things going, and he would be the one to finish it as he triumphantly slid into home plate.
The Rangers seemed to crumble defensively this entire series. Hammels gave up 7 runs in the first two innings of Game 1 and the punishment only continued in Game 2 against Darvish who gave up 4 home runs by the time the Rangers hit the 5th inning.
In game 3 the Jays scored 7 runs on 10 hits and continue to be the monster offensive team that we saw all season long.
For the second year in a row, Texas has been knocked out of the post season by the Jays. Something that can only fuel the continuing bitter rivalry between these two teams. Few fans will forget the bat flip heard around the world from the ALDS last year.
Only time will tell if the Jays will be playing the Red Sox or Indians in the ALCS. For the Tribe, it’s win and they’re in. While the Sox have quite the uphill battle to fight in the next few days.