There will be a game six in the ALCS as the Blue Jays, who are now 4-0 in elimination games this postseason, defeated the Royals 7-1.
The story of the game has to be Marco Estrada, who in must win games has been lights out for the Blue Jays, pitched into the eighth inning before allowing a run. Estrada went seven and two thirds innings only allowing three hits.
The best part of Estrada’s start was that he was able to pitch deep into the game and save John Gibbons from having to use his beat up and beleaguered bullpen, aside from Aaron Sanchez and Roberto Osuna.
The Blue Jays used the long ball to get the offence started in this one as Chris Collabello hit a solo shot off of Edison Volquez in the second inning. The game stayed that way till the sixth when the Blue Jays finally blew it open. Volquez loaded the bases with no one out. Surprisingly with Kelvin Herrera warm in the bullpen Royals manager Ned Yost elected to stick with Volquez, the move didn’t work as Encarnacion walked forcing a run in making it a 2-0 game. Yost then went to Herrera who would strike out Collabello, and then would allow a bases clearing double to Troy Tulowitzki making it a 5-0 game.
The Blue Jays would add a run in the seventh as Jose Bautista would double home Josh Donaldson. The Royals would finally get on the board on a Salvador Perez homerun in the top of the eighth, the Blue Jays would finish off the scoring in the bottom of the eighth when Tulowitzki scored on a Kevin Pillar double, Pillar would end up out at third trying to stretch it to a triple.
Roberto Osuna would work a perfect ninth inning to close out the victory.
It now all sets up a game six in Kansas City on Friday night. The Blue Jays will send David Price to the mound as the Royals will send Yordano Ventura to the mound.