They stormed down the tunnel connecting the visitors dugout at Camden Yards to the clubhouse, changed into grey t-shirts that read “The East is Ours” and caps emblazoned with Postseason 2015, gathered around the laundry carts stocked with bottles on ice and partied like rock stars.
Toronto Blue Jays ace David Price was the inspiration behind Ruhee Dewji’s latest web project, but she never dreamed he’d see it. “We didn’t respond to that in the first game”. “It was a big hurdle to get over”. It’s been so damn long. “I don’t care if you’re American or you’re a Japanese guy, it doesn’t matter”. “We had something that people came after, and they took it from us”.
Leaving no stone unturned, the Blue Jays called up utility infielder Jonathan Diaz so they will be able to have enough bodies to field a team through the coming days.
Tulowitzki, who has been out since September 12 with a cracked shoulder blade, could take part in a simulated game Friday and play as soon as Saturday at the Tampa Bay Rays.
The second game of the single-admission doubleheader was much less painful as the Orioles hit four homers, including two by Chris Davis, to give Baltimore an 8-1 victory that snapped its five-game losing streak. Joe Carter’s three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning – and his subsequent joyous leaps around the bases as the crowd roared – remains one of Toronto’s fondest and most glorious sports moments.
The Blue Jays have played a few incredible baseball down the stretch and did what they had to do to clinch this division title.
Toronto will face the victor of Tuesday’s AL wild-card playoff in the ALDS if it finishes as the top seed.
“I spent my playoff budget going to Spring Training this year”. It’s no one person, it’s no one trade, it’s everybody with one goal in their eyesight.
“I don’t normally sit in the stands”, said Anthopolous, who engineered the deals that brought Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki, and David Price to Toronto. We didn’t pitch well and it can make you look that way. The right-hander has a 1.67 ERA and has beaten the Yankees twice.
It’s been 22 years since the Blue Jays last clinched a playoff berth. The victory improved their lead over the Kansas City Royals to two games, pending Wednesday night’s results.
After signing catcher Russell Martin to a US$82-million, five-year deal, Anthopoulos pulled the trigger on the trade that landed Donaldson from the Oakland Athletics for third baseman Brett Lawrie and prospects.
Said Price: “We played good baseball”. “I still get blown away when we go on the road and we’re going all over the place”. On Wednesday, the Orioles watched their successors end an even longer wait. Toronto earned that right after defeating the Baltimore Orioles 15-2. “That was disappointing”, Showalter said. But we have 30 minutes in between games so we have to lock it back in quickly. The loss ended any hope the Orioles had of salvaging a winning season.
Kevin Gausman (4-7) had a career-high 10 strikeouts over eight innings.
Toronto is in position to carry homefield advantage throughout the postseason.
As for the offense, they had themselves quite a game scoring 15 runs on 18 hits. They would put up another 5 runs anchored by home runs from Jose Bautista and Justin Smoak.