BLUE CRUSH… RED CRUSH
TORONTO (Oct. 20) — Forget, if you can, the final score, which was wildly flattering to the visitors. On a night the real Toronto Blue Jays had to show up… they did. With rocket fire. A blue wave that overwhelmed the Kansas City Royals and rattled the innards of Rogers Centre. Happening at the same time a red wave splashed over our country in the form of a Liberal government to be led by Prime Minister Trudeau. Pierre’s kid. And, what a familiar sound that is to Canadians who remember the late–60’s and early–70’s.
The 2015 American League Championship Series is a contest once again after an 11–8 Toronto victory in Game 3, which the Blue Jays cracked wide open with six runs in the third inning to lead, 9–2. Unconfirmed reports had Johnny Cueto’s agent, Bryce Dixon, being talked off a high ledge in Del Mar, Calif. after his soon–to–be free agent imploded for all the baseball world to see. Cueto departed after two horrendous innings and eight earned runs. As of this moment, Johnny’s rep can present Major League general managers with a ghoulish 36.00 ERA on behalf of his client in the playoffs this autumn. Ouch!
As we awaken Tuesday to a new government, the Blue Jays and Royals will soon be trickling back into the Dome for Game 4 and a 4:07 p.m. first pitch. R.A. Dickey will try to pitch the Blue Jays back to even against 6–foot–10 righty Chris Young. Here’s what my trusty NIKON saw in Game 3:
OPPOSING MANAGERS JOHN GIBBONS AND NED YOST SHAKE HANDS DURING INTRODUCTIONS AND KANSAS CITY PLAYERS STAND AT ATTENTION FOR NATIONAL ANTHEMS (BELOW).
LEAD–OFF HITTER ALCIDES ESCOBAR SAID HELLO TO JAYS CATCHER RUSSELL MARTIN AND PROMPTLY DELIVERED A MARCUS STROMAN PITCH (BELOW) INTO RIGHT FIELD FOR A LEAD–OFF TRIPLE. BEN ZOBRIST FOLLOWED WITH A GROUND OUT THAT SCORED ESCOBAR 90 SECONDS INTO THE GAME.
IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SECOND, THE BLUE JAYS HAD TROY TULOWITZKI AT THIRD BASE AND KEVIN PILLAR AT SECOND WHEN RYAN GOINS CAME UP WITH A TERRIFIC AT–BAT. HE FOULED OFF SEVERAL CUETO OFFERINGS AND THEN LASHED A TWO–RUN DOUBLE TO LEFT THAT PUT HIS CLUB ON TOP (2–1) TO STAY. IT HAD TO FEEL GOOD AFTER GOINS GAME–ALTERING GAFFE SATURDAY IN KANSAS CITY.
TULO’S BAT CAME ALIVE BIG–TIME IN THE BOTTOM OF THE THIRD. HE TOOK A CUETO OFFERING OVER THE CENTER–FIELD WALL FOR A THREE–RUN HOMER THAT STARTED TO BLOW THE GAME WIDE OPEN.
A MOUND MEETING WENT NOWHERE AND IT WAS BYE–BYE JOHNNY WITH NOBODY OUT AND THE JAYS LEADING 7–2. KRIS MEDLEN CAME IN TO PUT OUT THE FIRE, BUT ADDED MORE FUEL WHEN JOSH DONALDSON TOOK HIM TO LEFT FOR A TWO–RUN HOMER AND A SEVEN–RUN TORONTO BULGE.
RALLY–TOWELS WAVED AFTER GOINS HOMERED TO PUT THE JAYS IN DOUBLE FIGURES.
AARON SANCHEZ RELIEVED STROMAN IN THE SEVENTH AND DONALDSON HELD AN INFIELDERS’ CHAT.
IT WAS STANDING ROOM ONLY IN THE 100 LEVEL — FOR FANS AND WORKERS.