Jays Fall To Royals, Face Elimination

during game four of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on October 20, 2015 in Toronto, Canada.

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Things got off to a rough start for the Toronto Blue Jays who were trying to tie up the series with the Kansas City Royals Tuesday afternoon at the Rogers Centre. The Jays would have the knuckleballer R.A. Dickey take the mound. Chris Young would be his counter part in today’s contest.

The game would start off with a leadoff bunt from Alcides Escobar. Escobar would be the first player to leadoff the first inning with a hit in four straight games of a series. Ben Zobrist would then step to the plate, and on a 0-1 count Zobrist would launch a shot to right field scoring both himself and Escobar making it a 2-0 game. That would open the floodgates for the Royals, as they would score two more runs before the half inning would conclude. After giving up a home run to former Jay Alex Rios, Gibbons would come to the mound and send Dickey to the bench. Dickey would only go 1.2IP giving up 4ER off 4 hits. It would be the shortest outing in post-season history. In his last eight starts, Dickey posted a 1.94 ERA striking out 35 batters with a WHIP of only 0.84. In today’s matchup, the numbers would be quite different, as he would leave with a 21.60 ERA striking out only one and holding a WHIP of 3.61.

Liam Hendricks would enter the game. In the bottom of the third, Donaldson would hit a ground-rule double, scoring Ryan Goins cutting the Royals lead to four. Jose Bautista would then ground out, but score Ben Revere, as they would only trail by three, winding right back up into the matchup. In the seventh, LaTroy Hawkins would come in, in hopes of ending the flood that was taking place. That would not be the case though as Hawkins night would be over at the start of it, as Hawkins would load the bases before being pulled in relief of Ryan Tepera. With the bases loaded, Tepera would see four additional runs score, now making this a 9-2 game.

Trying to save their bullpen for what could be the last game of the 2015 season for the Toronto ball club, Gibbons would go to position player Cliff Pennington in the ninth to pitch. On his first throw in his career, he would throw a 91 MPH fastball for a strike. By the end, two runs would score and the game would end, as the Royals would dominate a night of quiet bats, taking the game 14-2.

The Jays will have their backs up against the wall for the second time this post-season, facing elimination on home turf. They will send Marco Estrada to the mound in a game one rematch, as Edinson Volquez will be the starter for the Royals as he hopes to guide his team to a World Series appearance for the second year in a row. Estrada is hoping to be the speed bump on that journey as he will throw out the first pitch at 4:07EST,

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Errors Assist in Jays Lost

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Heading into Wednesday evening, the Blue Jays were looking to wrap up their mini series with the Philadelphia Phillies on a winning note. Things started off poorly as the Phillies would score four runs in the first three innings. The Jays would then get on the board with two of their own with help from Edwin Encarnacion and Pennington in the top of the 5th. Encarnacion’s blast to left field would continue his hit streak to 16 games as he looks to catch up to Chris Colabello who reached 18 earlier this year.

Colabello would then pinch hit for Buehrle who would be replaced by Bo Shultz to start the 6th inning. Colabello however would end up striking out which didn’t seem to please the manaylst Greg Zaun. Zaun said in the post-game talk said that he would have liked to see Colabello pinch-hit later in the game, as he is one of the best pinch hitters on the team. He would then speak on how as a manager, you don’t know if you’d get that chance later in that game.

The Jays would score a pair of runs in the top of the eight, but that’s all they would get, as they would fall in the finale 7-4. In Buehrle’s post-game interview, he said tonight was a frustrating night. In his shortest outing of the season, he spoke on his pitching tonight was due to bad luck.

“It was one of those bad starts. This games frustrating. You may have your best stuff and you don’t come out as good and other times where you don’t feel like you pitch that good and your stuff’s not that good and you come out with a win, so it’s frustrating.”

Turning to Gibbons, when asked if he would give Russell Martin some extra days off due to the obvious fact he’s been battling with hamstring tightness, his reply was no. Gibbons stated; “Why would I?” When a reporter said it was due to the fact that he can barely move, Gibbons said he thinks he’s fine. “He’s not complaining about it.”

The Jays will have an off day Thursday as they fly into Anaheim to face off against the Angels starting Friday night. They currently stand 3 games back of the Angels; however, the Angels may gain ground with a win tonight when they face the White Sox and in tomorrow’s finale before seeing the Blue Jays. Price will take the mound, as he will be countered by Hector Santiago.