The Toronto Blue Jays, led by superstar Jose Bautista, have overcome the odds to beat the Texas Rangers 6-3 in the decisive Game 5 of their American League Division Series (ALDS).
The Blue Jays have waited 22 long years to compete for a championship. And when they finally did return to a playoff series, the outcome was decided in a way never seen before.
With all to play for, Toronto nearly lost the game following a contentious seventh-inning play which caused an 18-minute delay and granted the Rangers a 3-2 lead. The play led to an angry outcry from Toronto fans, who began throwing bottles and beer cans on the Roger Centre Field.
The Rangers were awarded a run when a throw back to the mound struck Shin-Soo Choo’s bat, propelling Rougned Odor – on third base when Jays catcher Russell Martin tried to throw the ball to pitcher Aaron Sanchez – to score.
Replays suggested that the ball hit the end of Choo’s bat and rolled down the third base line. Therefore, umpires quickly called it a dead ball just before Odor crossed the plate. The umpires, still not convinced, reviewed the play and penalized The Blue Jays for interference. The run counted.
This is when there was a major uproar in the arena and play was subsequently stopped.
When play resumed, Bautista sealed the deal and sent the crowd into a frenzy with a three-run homer. The incredible hit, which landed on the second deck of the left field, came soon after Texas made three consecutive errors and failed to get an out in the seventh inning, allowing MVP candidate Josh Donaldson to hit a game-tying run. Soon after, Bautista landed the knockout blow.
When Bautista hit the game-changing monster homer, his teammates rushed to the middle, evidently annoying the Rangers. This was after all the crowd interference.
It’s very likely that the MLB steps in and reviews the play.
— Blue Jays (@BlueJays) October 15, 2015