The Toronto Blue Jay took down the Baltimore Orioles in extra innings on Tuesday night in the American League Wild Card game, 5-2. It was a close and tightly-contested game, one that featured plenty of home runs, some great pitching performances, and a bizarre moment involving one member of the especially raucous crowd in Toronto.
But thanks to this 11th inning walk-off moonshot by Edwin Encarnacion, the Blue Jays will advance to the ALDS to play the Texas Rangers. The homer came off of Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez, which has led to plenty of folks questioning Buck Showalter’s decision to bring in the right hander over ace reliever Zach Britton, who has allowed four earned runs in 67 innings pitched this season.
Regardless, this was a cool moment for the Blue Jays, as Encarnacion really got a hold of this one to propel the team to the next round of the playoffs. The crowd was especially fun, because they went so wild after this dinger that TBS’ camera in the outfield kept shaking.
The ALDS between Toronto and Texas will begin on Thursday. It should be a great series, and not because the last time these two sides met up in the postseason, they gave us one of the craziest innings in postseason history. Oh, and because when they played back in May, Rangers second baseman Rougned Odur caught Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista with a vicious right hook and the two teams brawled.