In a game that surely will go down as one of the most bizarre win or go home playoff baseball games the Toronto Blue Jays came out on top 6-3 and punched their ticket to the ALCS.
The game was smooth sailing until the 7th. The 7th inning alone lasted 53 minuets. The Rangers scored a run when Russel Martin threw the ball back to the pitcher but hit the bat of Shin-Soo-Choo. Rougned Odor alertly ran from third to home knowing the ball was put in play. The Jays challenged the play because the plate umpire threw his hands up in the air signaling the ball was dead. After official review the umpires concluded that it was indeed a live ball and that the runner from third would score making it 3-2 in favor of the Rangers.
Fans in Toronto were outraged at the call and began to throw trash on the field making the stadium a full on war zone.
After a stoppage of play the game continued.
The bottom of 7th was action packed to say the least. The Blue Jays loaded the bases following three straight errors to lead off the inning committed by the Rangers.
Josh Donaldson came to the plate with a chance to tie or even take the lead in the game. Donaldson hit a bloop single over the second baseman’s head scoring the tying run to tie the game at three.
Jose Bautista than came to the plate with a chance to bust the game open. Bautista unloaded all of his frustration and anger from the previous inning on the baseball and launched the ball into deep left-center hitting a three run homerun to make it a 6-3 game in favor of the Blue Jays.
And the rest was history. The Blue Jays went on to win the game and advance to the ALCS while the Texas Rangers season ended in despair.
In a game that had so much riding on it emotions were shown. Benches cleared a number of times, players and fans were ejected, and the game of baseball went from a game to a battle zone.
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