The Jays bats finally woke up and not a moment too soon as Toronto staved off elimination in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.
Josh Donaldson got things started for the Bluebirds with a solo homer while Edwin Encarnacion drove in a pair of runs. The five runs generated by Toronto surpassed their offensive output from the first three games.
Meanwhile, Aaron Sanchez pitched six strong innings, and with help from the bull pen, Jays pitchers limited the Indians to just two hits.
With the win, Toronto snapped the Indians’ nine-game win streak which dated back to the regular season and Cleveland’s franchise-record run of six straight post-season victories.
It’s still do-or-die for the Jays in Game 5 at Rogers Centre on Wednesday, assuming they can pull off another win, they’ll have to head back to Cleveland for 6 and maybe game 7. The past is not on the Jays side, since the introduction of the best-of-seven format in 1985, only one of 31 teams have come back from an 0-3 deficit to win the ALCS.
Marco Estrada will head to the mound for the home team in Game 5. So far in the post season he’s been the most potent in the Jays rotation. He’s 1 and 1 with a 1.65 ERA so far. Despite losing in Game 1 AL Division Series in Texas, Estrada went the distance.
Meanwhile, Cleveland’s starting rotation is in flux with injuries and fatigue potentially catching up with them. They’ll send the very green Ryan Merritt to the mound for Game 5. Merritt has only appeared in 4 Major League games in his career.
Start time for Game 5 is 4:00 P.M. EST at Rogers Centre.