Aside from Troy Tulowitzki’s three run homer and Marco Estrada’s gem, the biggest thing we may have learned tonight is Harold Reynold’s ability to completely insult an entire country and completely not understand that in an elimination game a team has all hands on deck as Reynolds seemed totally confused as to why David Price was warming up in the pen. Having said that, Greg Zaun seemed just as confused at the end of the eighth inning when asked by Jamie Campbell.
But seriously, I can’t say enough about the job that Marco Estrada did tonight though, for a must win game, he was on his game right from the start. Even in the seventh when the Rangers did manage to get back to back hits to chase him from the game they were seeing eye singles. Estrada used his change and curve to set up his fastball and was able to keep the Rangers hitters off balance all night. The bullpen also deserves huge credit for getting the job done. Aaron Loup who got his first chance in a somewhat big spot got his job done as he got Rougned Odor to ground out before Mark Lowe struck out Robinson Chirinos to end the threat and the seventh inning. Aaron Sanchez and Roberto Osuna finished off the night throwing scoreless innings.
Offensively it took a bit for the offence to get it going as the Jays went down quietly in the first two innings before the bottom of the lineup got things going as Dioner Navarro doubled to lead off the inning and after a Kevin Pillar single moved Navarro to third, would score as Ryan Goins would hit into a double play. The Blue Jays would keep getting chances to score as they would get a runner to second to lead off an inning three straight innings and would add a second run in the fourth when Troy Tulowitzki would draw a bases loaded walk to plate Josh Donaldson.
The Blue Jays would threaten again in the fifth as Kevin Pillar would hit a lead-off single and would advance to second when the ball clanked off Delino Deshields’ glove, advanced to third on a Ryan Goins sac bunt. It was all for not as Ben Revere’s broken bat looping infield popup would land in Odor’s glove and Pillar was easy pickings at third as he left on contact. The Blue Jays finally did hit pay dirt in the sixth after yet another double play leaving runners at second and third Troy Tulowitzki picked a perfect time to hit his first postseason hit as he hit a three run shot to left to finally blow the game open.
Game four goes Monday afternoon in Texas as R.A Dickey goes for the Blue Jays and Texas will send Derek Holland to the mound. In my mind the pressure should all be on Texas now as they want to avoid having to go back to Toronto for a fifth game. The big thing is that the Blue Jays are still alive in these 2015 playoffs.