Jays Bats Come Alive in Series Finale Against Texas

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The Toronto Blue Jays would say goodbye to the Texas Rangers Thursday evening, hoping to send them off with a loss. After winning the previous two games with back-to-back walk-off wins, the Jays would look to keep rolling, with the hopes of having more of an offensive attack.

After Prince Fielder would score Adrian Beltre to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the first inning, the Blue Jays would respond, and in a heavy way. With a pair of singles and a double from Edwin Encarnacion, the Toronto fans would see Toronto get five runs cross the plate. Kevin Pillar would see the plate twice in the first, as Derek Holland would face off against every batter in the line-up.

In the bottom of the third, there would be more runs scored, once again in Toronto’s favour. Pillar would start back up at the dish, hitting a two run double making it a

7-1 lead for the hometown club. After Jose Bautista would ground into a force-out, scoring Ezequiel Carrera, Encarnacion would be back up to the plate. He would decide to take his parrot for a run, homering a three run shot to left field, making it an 11-1 lead.

Things would remain quiet until the Jays added an extra one in the eighth, as Justin Smoak would hit in Josh Donaldson. Ryan Tepera would come in to pitch to close out the game in the ninth, The Rangers would get a run in, scoring Mitch Moreland, but would not be able to power through. The Jays would send the Rangers out of Toronto, winning the series on a much-needed offensive night. J.A. Happ would pick up his fourth win of the season. Holland would lose his second game of the season.

Friday evening, the Blue Jays will welcome in the L.A. Dodgers in a three game set. Marcus Stroman will be sent to the hill, as he will search for his fifth win to keep his undefeated season going. The Dodgers will send Kenta Maeda as the counter in search of stopping the Jays winning streak. First pitch takes place at 7:07PM EST.

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Jays Force Game 5 with 8-4 Win

in game four of the American League Division Series at Globe Life Park in Arlington on October 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.

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It was another go big or go home kind of night at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Jays were in search of another crucial victory that would send them back to Toronto to a all hands on deck game 5 match-up. R.A. Dickey started off the game as the Rangers would send Derek Holland to the rubber in hopes of a win to punch their ticket to the ALCS match-up against either the Royals or Astros who will face each other in a game 5 contest themselves.

The Jays got things going right off the bat. Once Ben Revere reached first, Josh Donaldson would be able to get Revere and himself home by launching a line drive homer to right field. Chris Colabello would soon follow suite launching a home run of his own to right field. Toronto would lead 3-0 heading into the second, however Pillar and Encarnacion (3rd inning) would launch their own home runs into the crowd making it 5-0. Colabello would see the ball well again doubling on a ground ball scoring Edwin. Pillar would go up to the dish, still in the third inning. He would get Colabello in, lining a single into left field. The Jays would lead 7-0 before Texas would get on the board in the bottom of the seventh making it a 7-1 game.

Heading into the bottom of the eighth, Texas would be doing whatever they could to get guys in. They would do just that seeing the ball just as well as the Jays scoring 2 runs, cutting their lead in half. They were trying to deal around the pitching of price before that as Dickey who started the game, would go 4.2IP giving up just 1 ER through five hits. Price would come in and pitch three innings of his own, which would wind up getting the W. Osuna would come in to close out the game, securing a game five in Toronto at the Rogers Centre Wednesday afternoon.

This upcoming game will be heartache for Jay’s fans, as nobody will be able to exhale until there is a F on the board beside the score. Marcus Stroman will approach the mound in a rematch of game two, as his counterpart will be Cole Hammels. This is going to be another game of inches as both pitchers had an amazing outing and the key to the victory for the Jays will be to see the ball well like they have been and score runs early. Game time takes place at 4:07EST.

Jays Avoid Elimination, Take a 5-1 Win over Rangers

during game three of the American League Division Series on October 11, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.

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It was an all or nothing game Sunday night in Arlington. The Blue Jays were facing elimination and needed a win in order to see Game 4 Monday. Texas currently held a 2-0 series lead looking to send the blue birds back to their Canadian nest. Marco Estrada would be sent to the hill to face off against the Rangers Martin Perez.

Game 3 would be the first career post-season start for Estrada. The big question for Jay’s fans would be how would he do. Well through the first two innings, Estrada would keep the Texas bats quiet. He would not let up a hit thorough the first two innings. Heading into the third, Dioner Navarro would get things started. He would hit a double into center field and would later score after Ryan Goins hit into a ground out double play. Top of the 4th, the Jays would continue to look patience in the box as they would get bases loaded with Tulowitzki up. He would take his time, see the ball well, and take a walk scoring in the team’s second run of the game.

Texas would not get a base runner through the first four innings. Top of the 6th, Troy would be up to the dish again, and he would serve some heat. He would hit a 3-run home run into left field giving breathing room. Even though Troy has been on a bit of a rough stretch as of late, the FOX broadcasters said, “He’s still Troy Tulowitzki. Forget the numbers, that’s a bad man right there.” The home run would also be Tulo’s first since the 2007 NLDS.

Bottom of the seventh, Estrada would be pulled in relief of Aaron Loup after letting runners reach second and third. He would end up going 6 1/3, in line for the win. Texas would get a man home in that inning, as the Jays would still lead by four. We would then see David Price warming up in the bullpen, just in case he was needed for another left-hander to come in. That wouldn’t be necessary however as Roberto Osuna would come in to close it out as Elvis Andrus would fly out to Revere to end the game.

With the win, it would be the first ever playoff game that Toronto has won when facing elimination. Even though they won, Texas would get four double plays during the game. As the team looks ahead to Game 4 Monday, they will need to try and prevent that from happening as they look to get another must win, to head to Toronto for Game 5. First pitch in Arlington will be at 4:07EST. R.A. Dickey will represent the Jays in his first post-season game, as the Rangers will send Derek Holland to the mound.

Jays Sweep Angels, Look Ahead to Rangers

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Over the weekend, it was quite a site to see for Blue Jay fans as their team faced off against the Angels of Anaheim. Looking to gain more ground in the Wild Card spot as well as potentially take back first in the east, the Jays had a lot of work to do.

Well, the bats went to work over the three day set. The Jays would set a franchise record for the most runs scored (36) and hits (48) within a three-game series. The three key players for this record to take place included Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, and Edwin Encarnacion. The power trio would go to the plate for 21 hits, 3 homers, and 19 RBI’s in the series set.

Another record seems more achievable as the team has scored at least 10 runs, 18 times this season. They are only one game shy of the club record which was set back in 2003. When asked about the team and the series against the Angels, Gibbons was humble about it. “The West Coast has never been particularly good to us. But everybody in our lineup has been swinging. It was a heck of a series. One thing we do is score runs. We’ve been doing it all year.”

Another person to watch tonight will be Edwin Encarnacion. He is currently riding a 19 game hit streak and will look to continue that as he climbs the rank of players with the longest streaks in the franchise. The leader of the list, Shawn Green. Green has a 28 game hit streak in 1998.

The Jays will now head into Arlington to face off against the Rangers (64-59) who just took 3 out of 4 against the Tigers over the weekend. They currently sit 3.5 games back from the first in the AL West, but are sitting in the second wild card spot heading into tonight. They Jays and Yankees are tied at 4.5 games for first, but that will change quickly over the next few days. The Yanks are set to take on the Houston Astros who currently lead the AL West.

The starting matchups for the Jays this week will be Buehrle/Holland, Price/Lewis, and Estrada/Gallardo. Buehrle will be looking for his 14th win of the season tonight as the club looks to back him up and get the bats going early as they look for their fourth straight win. First pitch will be at 8:05PM EST.

All in all, there is one thing for sure. Over the next week, there will be a lot of scoreboard watching by all the teams around the league as August wraps up, and we head into the final season of the regular season. Teams are putting their final ounces of gas into their tanks to boost themselves into key spots needed respectively in order to see some October baseball.