The Toronto Blue Jays are headed back to the American League Championship Series after sweeping the Texas Rangers 3-0 in the ALDS. The Blue Jays punched their ticket to the ALCS with a dramatic 7-6 win in 10 innings, a result that sent the Rogers Centre crowd into hysterics.
Rangers reliever Matt Bush did his best to keep his team alive, pitching two phenomenal innings before being left in for a third. He surrendered a double to Josh Donaldson to open the 10th, then walked Edwin Encarnacion. He managed to strike out Jose Bautista, but Russell Martin fought off a number of pitches before finally putting one in play.
Martin grounded sharply to Elvis Andrus at short, he threw to second to get an out. From there, Rougned Odor’s turn on a throw to first was in the dirt and first baseman Mitch Moreland couldn’t handle it. Donaldson saw the play develop and sprinted all the way from second towards the plate. Moreland’s throw to Jonathan Lucroy was wild and Donaldson slid in with the winning run.
You have to feel for Bush. He did everything he could and kept the Rangers in it. While hindsight is 20/20, Odor never should have made the throw to first.
The kudos have to go to Donaldson though, it was a heads up play to turn at third and dash home.