The Blue Jays entered tonight’s game alone in first atop the AL East. With the Yankees already having lost, the Jays were hoping to extend their lead to 2 games. Standing in the way were the holders of the second wild card: the Texas Rangers. Toronto had clawed their way past them in the first game of the series.
The Rangers took an early lead with a 2 run Beltre home run off of David Price in the first inning. Price settled in afterwards and the rest of his night was scoreless. Price only threw 95 pitches but since the game was a blow out, it made sense to give him a break.
The Blue Jays pulled even after scoring a run in the second and third innings. They added two more in the 5th off of a Justin Smoak 2 run shot. In the 6th, the Jays pulled off one of their characteristic offensive outbursts. The Jays batted through the order starting with Kevin Pillar who hit a solo home run. They scored 6 runs in total that inning including a grand slam from Edwin Encarnacion. The Jays weren’t done. They loaded the bases on walks with nobody out in the 7th. 2 more scored. There could have been even more damage if not for Jose Bautista hitting into a double play.
Mark Lowe took over for David Price in the 7th. He loaded the bases and allowed 2 earned to score. He was lucky to get out of the inning without further damage on a double play. Bo Schultz only needed 10 pitches to shut down the Rangers in the 8th. Bo came back out in the 9th to finish things off, which he did after a walk and a hit.
– Beltre committed another error which cost a run tonight
– The Rangers also shot themselves in the foot with three wild
pitches on the night
– Jose Bautista walked 4 times.
– Ben Revere made the following sensational catch:
MVJ: Kevin Pillar