Blue Jays edge out Rangers in emotional win-or-go-home game

Michael Hebb, Sports Editor

                The Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers competed in one of the most exciting game 5’s in ALDS history on October 14. The series was tied 2-2, and the winner would move onto the ALCS, while the loser would be eliminated from the playoffs.

Toronto narrowed out Texas in a game full of emotion. The game was tied 2-2 in the top of the seventh inning, when an error by catcher Russell Martin allowed a Rangers runner to score. Martin was throwing the ball back to the pitcher when he accidentally hit Shin-Soo Choo’s bat and it deflected off into the middle of the infield.

The original call on the play was that it was a dead ball and the runner would have to go back to third base, but after a long review, it was determined that since Choo was in the batter’s box, it was a live ball and the runner scored.

Tensions were high in Toronto after this, and the Rangers poor defense only fueled the Blue Jay fans and players even more. Three consecutive errors were committed by the Rangers to start off the inning, to make it bases fully loaded and no outs. After one run scored and only two players were left on base with one out, slugger Jose Bautista stepped up to bat.

Bautista cranked out an estimated 431 ft. 3-run homerun to make the game 6-3, and got possibly one of the greatest bat flips of all time right after it, too. After that, an altercation between Edwin Encarnacion and the Rangers pitcher occurred, revving up the Toronto fans even more.

The game ended at 6-3, and may go down in history as one of the craziest and most emotional elimination games ever.

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