Monday, October 10, 2016

Blue Jays Sweep ALDS - One Mad Dash.

Three Texas Errors vs One Great Decision.

Forget three errors. Josh Donaldson sees one open door.
Photo Credit - Nick Turchiaro (USA Today Sports).

Great game last night, eh! A sports commentator's and fan's delight, I say.

Here's my two-cents worth about The BIG Play, bottom of the tenth. Texas Rangers didn't lose on Rougned Odor's error. The Blue Jays won on Donaldson's snap decision after rounding third base.

Gord's play by play: 

Martin hits a sharp one to short. Short throws to Odor at second. 

Odor tags second but is forced to hurry his throw by a sliding Toronto base runner.

Ranger first baseman is forced off his base by the less-than-stellar throw and bobbles the ball.

Quick note - There are now two out and the score is still tied 6 - 6.

Donaldson, shifting on his feet just past third sees the dropped ball and an opportunity to dash for home.

He dashes for home - hoping to score the winning run! 

The Ranger first baseman makes a hurried throw to home plate, fair to good only, not excellent.

The Ranger catcher is in a poor position for the tag at home - Russell Martin's dropped bat (see top photo) is under foot - and he does not catch the ball!

Donaldson adjusts his stride position 2 - 3 steps from home plate and makes a very good to excellent slide.

Josh scrubs the plate with his left hand. He scores the winning run. He jumps to his feet with the winning hand raised (see photo below)!

Final tally 7 - 6. Three Ranger errors - the last one at home plate - and one great decision by Josh. 

All this in five seconds. Awesome event.

Caption: Josh Donaldson #20 of the Toronto Blue Jays slides safely into home plate past Jonathan Lucroy #25 of the Texas Rangers in the tenth inning for the Toronto Blue Jays to defeat the Texas Rangers 7-6 for game three of the American League Division Series at Rogers Centre on October 9, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

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