Playoff Miscellany: Blue Jays Provide Incredible and Controversial Moments, Royals Clinch

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Playoff Miscellany: Blue Jays Provide Incredible and Controversial Moments, Royals Clinch

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2015 mlb postseasonWhile we await tonight’s Dodgers/Mets game, and the reveal of which team the Cubs will face in the NLCS, the two ALDS wrapped up yesterday with the Blue Jays and Royals moving on …

  • The Rangers led 2-0 in the series, but the Blue Jays came all the way back to win yesterday – including a comeback within the game. After tying the game in the 6th on an Edwin Encarnacion homer, the Blue Jays lost the lead in the 7th inning when Russell Martin threw the ball off of Shin-Soo Choo’s bat when trying to get it back to the pitcher, and Rougned Odor scored from third. It was a really bizarre play, involving the home plate umpire calling a dead ball but eventually still allowing the run to score:

  • It felt like one of those can-you-believe-that’s-how-the-winning-run-scored kind of things, except the Blue Jays then took advantage of three straight Rangers errors to score the tying run in the bottom of the frame, and then Jose Bautista destroyed a pitch:

  • That bat flip, man:

  • Who likes references:

  • Naturally, the Rangers were displeased with Bautista’s celebration because, hey, who likes fun? Rangers reliever Sam Dyson shared his thoughts, and he apparently does not have much of a sense of irony:

  • As that Bautista homer was happening, here’s something absolutely incredible that was going on in the stands:

  • Tell ’em again how Bautista isn’t setting a good example for kids, Sam. That young man just had one of the best moments of his life, and now we got to share in it. That’s why they play.
  • The Royals took out the Astros – whom you may recall were two innings away from clinching back on Monday – with a solid, 7-2 win last night. Johnny Cueto actually looked like Johnny Cueto in this one, and the Astros didn’t have much of a chance.
  • The Astros being as close as they were to clinching earlier this week, and an itchy Twitter finger, produced this beauty:

  • The Royals and Blue Jays will begin the ALCS tomorrow night in Kansas City.
  • And tonight in Los Angeles, the Mets come to play the Dodgers for the right to face the Cubs in the NLCS. Jacob deGrom faces Zack Greinke at 7pm CT on TBS.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.