The Toronto Blue Jays registered a thumping 11-8 victory over Kansas City Royals in Game 3 the American League Championship Series (ALCS) Monday and now trail 2-1 in the seven-game series.
The final score of 11-8 didn’t reflect Toronto’s domination. The game was pretty much over at the end of two innings as Johnny Cueto, Royals’ ace pitcher who conceded just two runs across eight runs in Game 5 of the ALDS, was bludgeoned by Toronto batters from the get-go Monday.
It’s hard to emphasize just how unimpressive Cueto was during Game 3. Besides conceding eight runs in just two innings, Cueto’s final Game Score was 10 – tying him for the third worst playoff start since the initiation of stats and data in 1903. Now that paints a bleak picture for Kansas City fans. “He couldn’t command the ball down. He was up all night long,” said Royals manager Ned Yost about the pitcher he’d traded for back in July. “He (Cueto) just really struggled with his command. Got his pitch count up and just couldn’t make an adjustment.”
The Royals salvaged some pride by scoring four runs in the ninth inning but it was all too late.
The deafening Rogers Centre, packed to the brim with close to 50,000 fans, was the perfect setting for the Blue Jays to bounce back after losing the first two road games. “We desperately needed that breakout,” said a relieved John Gibbons, the Blue Jays manager. “You look at how the game finished up, those runs really came in handy. It wasn’t an easy game, even though we had a big lead.”
Blue Jays are trying to become only the fourth team since 1985 to come back from a 2-1 deficit in the ALCS.
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