It was an electrifying night Wednesday evening as the Jays faced off against the Athletics in their second game in the series. Heading into the game, the Jays had currently won nine straight and were looking to get #10 in front off a sold out crowd.
Things started off early. The Jays would score 3 runs in the first inning to get on the board early. The Athletics however would show the blue birds that they were there to fight, as they would get two of their own in the top of the second making it a 3-2 ballgame. Then, the floodgates would open. Seven runs were scored in the bottom of the second partially in thanks to Justin Smoak. On a 3-1 count, Smoak would hit a three run shot to the second deck of the Rogers Centre after Donaldson, Colabello, and Martin would each single to the outfield and score runners of their own.
Aaron Brooks who took the mound for Oakland would only last 1.2 innings giving up eight runs on six hits, only striking out two before being pulled. Former Blue Jay Felix Dubront would then make his return to the mound to face off against his former team in hopes of ending the flood that was among them. “It’s great, don’t get me wrong, but I think everyone in this club wants to be in first place on Game 162,” said Colabello. “That’s what’s important.”
Throughout the game however, there would be some scoreboard-watching happening, mainly aiming towards the Yankees/Indians matchup. If the Yankees were to lose to the Cleveland Indians, and if the Jays held their lead, they would wind up ½ a game ahead of the New York Yankees to take the lead in the AL East. After a surprising regular length game at the Rogers Centre, the Jays held up their part. Now, it would be time to play the waiting game.
Shortly after the Jays got back to their clubhouse, the Yankees would lose their matchup 2-1 to the Indians. This would propel the Jays to first place in the AL East. Now the question is, can the Jays keep going the way they have been to keep that lead? Well the last time the Jays took the lead in the AL East this late in the season was back in 1993. The same year they won the World Series.
One thing is for sure. It is going to be a truly inspiring scene down at the dome for Jay fans as for awhile as they try to sweep the Oakland Athletics tomorrow afternoon, before welcoming the New York Yankees to town for a three game set.