Jays Clinch AL East, Split Series with Orioles


               Patrick Semansky/Associated Press

All eyes were on the first game of Wednesday’s double-header between the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles. The game was supposed to be played Tuesday night, but due to Mother Nature, it got postponed and so did the chance of the clinching game for the Jays.

Heading into the 4:05 first pitch, all the Jays needed to do was win their game, and they would clinch the AL East. This would be the first time the ball club has done so since 1993, the last time they won the World Series. Marcus Stroman would be sent to the bump, as the Orioles would counter with Miguel Gonzalez.

Toronto would get on the board first in the top of the second scoring a pair of runs. Looking at the top of the fourth, the gates would open, as a second pair of runs would score before four more would round the bases in the fifth. Baltimore would overplay the ball a number of times and thanks to some high throws, the Jays would capitalize, sealing their fate as AL East Champs.

In the top of the ninth, Jorge Rondon would give up back-to-back home runs off Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. The Jays would go ahead with five runs to defeat the Baltimore club in historic fashion to win the east by a score of 15-2.

It would then be time to give a toast inside the clubhouse before having to go out for game two of the double header where the Jays would lose 8-1. However, not a single member of the Jays club really looked like they cared for they wanted to celebrate the end of a huge drought that was bestowed upon them.

During the post-game interviews, there were a lot of hysterical moments. A couple to mention would be Josh Donaldson quoting WWE star Stone Cold Steve Austin by yelling, “1 beer, 2 beers, 3 beers, 4 beers” during his interview with Hazel Mae while with Barry Davis, Munenori Kawasaki would say, “I’m drunk” and when asked if ate his serving of banana’s today, he would reply by saying “I don’t need banana, I need champagne.” It was truly a surreal moment, not only for the veterans on the team such as Bautista and Encarnacion, but also for the rookies such as Stroman, Pillar, and Goins.

This has truly been a long time waiting and the Blue Jays faithful have only one man to thank. Alex Anthopoulos. Some of called him a god; others have referred him to an architect. For this writer, I simply see him as a man with a plan that was executed perfectly. The only thing to make it one for the books would be to bring home some shiny flags on a round stand. Otherwise known, as the World Series trophy.


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