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toronto – jose bautista, who hit the home run that would have landed in hudson bay if the roof of the buck rogers center had been open, then threw his bat to celebrate somewhere between yellowknife and whitehorse, said he has never been part of a game like this.
“not at the level of the major leagues, not in the usa”, said bautista, who in the excitement of the moment forgot to mention the country of maple leaves that hosted this unforgettable mix on Wednesday night horsehide epic and bizarre theater. “perhaps at the winter ball.”
Reading: Rangers blue jays 7th inning
Baseball purists will tell you that you can rebuild any game just by looking at the scorecard. There’s an exception to every rule, and you’ll soon be hearing a lot about Major League Baseball’s Rule 6.03(a)(3), and this is it. Besides discerning the basic facts: The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Texas Rangers 6-3 on Bautista’s game-winning three-run home run: This scorecard only scratches the surface of what transpired in a 53-minute seventh inning that will take its place among the weirdest drills ever witnessed, especially during the postseason, replete with botched umpire calls, bench-clearing scrums, errors occurring on three successive plays followed by a mistimed flare, and a home run and a pitched bat that produced spasms. of joy on the one hand and undisguised contempt on the other.
We almost had the first elimination game decided by an action that takes place hundreds of times every night and is almost never recorded, except when the gods of baseball decide to push the limits of credibility beyond the shared experience of people who I have collectively spent decades on this game and have never seen anything like it.
that simple act that went haywire: blue jays catcher russell martin attempting to return the ball to his pitcher aaron sanchez only to hit the hand of rangers batter shin-soo choo produced instant chaos and controversy, while a citizenry that universally gets high marks for civility nearly lost its collective mind.
but we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. We’re going to walk you step-by-step through an entry you may have seen in real time, seen again in the highlights, and almost certainly, if you’re a fan of the Blue Jays or Rangers, will replay it over and over again on your head, but you’ll still need a translation of what you witnessed.
Top of the seventh: Rangers 2, Blue Jays 2. The prologue: The Jays, who had lost the first two games at home and held a lead by a total of just three innings In all three games this side of the border, he had just tied the score in the bottom of the sixth on a monster home run by Edwin Encarnacion. The Blue Jays DH had walked five times in the series, including his first two plate appearances on Wednesday, but jumped on the first pitch he saw from Cole Hamels in the sixth.
“I definitely lost my spot,” Hamels said. “he’s a tough guy to throw at times. trying to figure out his game plan, he had quite a few walks in this series. not really knowing what he was looking for and trying not to throw it in there, unfortunately i threw the wrong pitch.
“I guess that’s where I was looking, in the middle. I think that’s why I tried to avoid it the whole series. It was a pitch that cut me instead of sinking me.”
Incarnation’s home run, by the way, went 457 feet, according to research by espn stats & information, making it the longest home run of the postseason.
and then start.
The top of the seventh began with a new pitcher on the mound for Toronto, 23-year-old Aaron Sanchez, replacing 24-year-old Marcus Stroman, who was tagged for a run in the first, giving up a home run to shin-soo choo in the third and was saved from a third run when second baseman ryan goins effortlessly handled a spike from elvis andrus (remember that name) to strand josh hamilton at second, ending the sixth.
Rangers second baseman
rougned odor, who would go on to score a team-leading seven runs in the series, led off the seventh with a line drive single to left field. Chris Gimenez bunted to second and took third on a splendid play by third baseman Josh Donaldson, who hit Delino Deshields’ slow rolling barehanded and took him out by a half step.
madness take 1
odor was 90 feet away from scoring the go-ahead run with choo coming to the plate. Choo fouled out on a pair of 98 mph heater shots from Sanchez, slipped in a fastball that missed and then took ball two. Martin took the ball out of his glove and threw it toward the mound, except he never got there. in transit, he hit choo, appearing to hit his hand, and rolled down the third base line. Odor scored and home plate umpire Dale Scott stopped the run when he called a timeout, but it was later reversed after a lengthy review, causing a shower of beer and trash from the stands and causing the Blue Jays to play the rest of the game. Under protest.
batter choo: “hit me in the hand. never been on a play like that. never [seen a play] like that.”
Do you know the rule? “no. that’s why i asked [manager jeff] banister.”
catcher martin: “it’s the first time i’ve been involved in a play like that in my life. i wasn’t really sure what the rule was. i think if it’s inside the box, nothing happens. if it’s outside the box, then it comes out. it was inside the box.
“I heard the ref [call him dead]. but then they got together and went over the rule, and I’m sure they got it right. you’ve got like eight brains out there. you’re going to get it right.”
crew chief scott to a pool reporter: “that was my mistake. i was mixing two rules and i called the time but then it started clicking. i went to wait a minute, wait a minute, no intention in the batter he is in the box, the bat is in the box.”
Which brings us to mlb rule 6.03(a)(3), which governs these things. the relevant section says:
“if the batter is standing in the batter’s box and he or his bat is struck by the catcher’s throw toward the pitcher and, in the umpire’s judgment, there is no intent on the part of the batter to interfere with the pitch, the ball is alive and in play.”
the race stood up. odor noted. martin was accused of a mistake.
Blue Jays manager John Gibbons: “You didn’t want something like that to be the decisive run in a game of this magnitude, that was my belief.”
rangers manager jeff banister: “what if my boy [odor] goes heads-up and scores on that play and doesn’t hang his head, because that’s who we are?”
gibbon’s sentiment was shared by nearly 50,000 inflamed canadians who watched their dream of advancing to the world series for the first time in 23 years evaporate from the most outlandish of plays, according to a rulebook so arcane as the American. tax code.
hamels was one of the few players who said he had experience with the game.
hamels: “i’ve seen it happen. i know at this level you’re going to look a little more, but that’s what happens sometimes. you have to get the best out of every pitch, even if it’s from the pitcher’s side or receiver. It just happens. I think it’s just dumb luck. That’s probably something you won’t see for a while, especially in this type of game, but you have to accept it.
“I think it’s unfortunate. We’re all very well educated in baseball. We knew what was going on. But sometimes the fans want what they want, and I feel bad about that kind of situation. Kind of crazy, but it happens. ”
play was interrupted while field staff cleared the field of debris. Toronto Mayor John Tory tweeted an appeal for calm. His predecessor, Rob Ford, whose outrageous behavior made him a staple of late-night comedy shows in America, had been sitting in a ringside seat early in the game but was not seen during the madness, which may have It was the first time. for hizzoner. Choo struck out, ending the top of the seventh, but the Rangers, 1-7 in elimination games, were nine outs from advancing.
bottom of 7th: ranger 3, blue jay 2. the crumbling.
Martin, Canadian by birth, led off the bottom of the seventh with a groundout to short. Elvis Andrus, normally sure-handed, slid to the front, only for the ball to slip from his glove. e-6. the next batter, kevin pillar, grounded out to first baseman mitch moreland, who forced to second but deflected his pitch to andrus. sure. e-3. “I never had control,” Moreland said. Gibbons sends out a pinch runner, Dalton Pompey, for Martin.
Goins, the Jays’ ninth-in-order hitter and hitless in the series, throws a bunt that is deftly fielded by a charging third baseman Adrian Beltre, who throws the ball to Andrus covering third for a force. except andrus drops the ball.
three plays. three errors, one on a fielding play, one on a throw, one on a missed catch. karmic revenge, or so it seemed, judging by the decibel level of an even more frenzied crowd.
andrus: “Hardest moment of my career right now. I can make those plays 100 times for sure. There’s a lot of pain right now. I feel like I let my team down, my city, and it hurts.” ‘
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ben revere grounded out to moreland, who threw home to force and the first out of the inning. But the bases remained loaded, and putative MVP Josh Donaldson was at the plate, but not before a pitch change when Banister called out Sam Dyson from the bullpen. Donaldson, hitless in his first three at-bats, hit a ball in the air but not high enough to be called an infield fly, which would have meant an automatic out. Olor backed up for what looked like an easy catch, but misjudged his jump, the ball dropped and Pila ran home with the tying run.
madness take 2
Now, Bautista, who had homered in the Game 1 loss, had done little since then. that changed with a powerful swing, the ball hurtling 452 feet into the left-field seats. delirium. Bautista froze at home plate, momentarily stunned by the magnitude of me, then hurled his bat skyward, so high it became a point of debate over who would land first, the bat or the ball.
bautista: “I can’t really remember what was going through my mind, to be honest with you. after making contact, I just, you know, didn’t plan anything that I did and that’s why I still don’t even know how I did it .. I just enjoyed the moment, got around the bases and got to the dugout.”
dyson approached incarnation, who had his back to the mound, his arms raised towards the crowd, asking them to stop throwing any more objects onto the field. dyson came with a message for the jays slugger.
dyson: “i told edwin this can’t happen. it has to stop. he was just telling me he hit a home run, or whatever. after that i didn’t pay attention to what he was saying.
“if they want to act like that, whatever. I just have to deal with it. honestly, I didn’t even see it until it was on [the video scoreboard]. he hit pretty hard. so i turned around and watched the replay. that’s not acceptable no matter what level you’re at. i didn’t even look at the bat. i just saw him standing there.
“I think if you look at his replays throughout the year, I think you’ll understand.”
benches were cleared and more debris was thrown before order was restored.
bautista, when asked if he had reacted to criticism of dyson, said “no”.
hamels: “it’s hard. i guess it’s hard to be politically correct. i think you just want to be able to play the game the right way. you’ve got a lot of kids that are watching. you just want to be a baseball player. i think there’s a certain amount of respect that you should have. we understand that there is a high level of emotion when things go your way, and sometimes that can be, in the moments when you forget about that. i can. i don’t vouch for [bautista] what was his way to think, but it’s hard to see. a lot of us in this room, I don’t think we behave that way in a certain sense. when you have the greatest emotion, and you’ve just done something great, sometimes you don’t know how you’re going to act “.
martin: “i don’t blame dyson for being unhappy with that. i don’t think [bautista] deliberately tried to make [dyson] feel worse or feel anything. i think it was just instinctive. he just let the emotions go, and he lets them out.
“As we speak, I’m watching it on replay. It was an epic home run and an epic bat throw.”
encarnación and chris colabello followed up with base hits, bringing in troy tulowitzki, who popped out gimenez to end the inning, but not the fireworks.
dyson swerved before returning to the dugout and tagged tulowitzki in the back. Tulowitzki took offense, words were exchanged, third baseman Adrian Beltre tried to play peacemaker, and the benches cleared again.
dyson: “I didn’t say a word to him. I just patted him on the butt. That was it. It was just a nice gesture from me, that’s what I thought. He took it another way. I don’t know what to say about that. maybe I shouldn’t have done it on my end, but it was nothing to disgrace or upset him.”
tulowitzki: “something was definitely said. it’s over now. we won the game. still, it was a foul and there shouldn’t be any contact. we were going back and forth the whole time. allowed the home run, then walked over there and bunted someone, I don’t think this is the right time.”
Input started at 6:13 p.m. m. ended at 7:06. fifty-three minutes that altered the fate of two teams. The Jays advance to the American League Championship Series against Royalty. the rangers go home. Beltré, a Rangers third baseman, told reporters he had trouble processing it all. give us a few years we may one day understand what we saw.