The Kansas City Royals had the chance to win the pennant last night but brilliant Toronto pitching kept the Blue Jay's alive to fight another day.
The Kansas City Royals had an opportunity on Wednesday night to win their second American League pennant in a row but just couldn’t seem to get a handle on anything. The Toronto Blue Jays hung on to stay alive in the American League Championship Series by soundly winning Game Five, 7-1.
Marco Estrada took the mound for the Blue Jays before a sold out home town crowd in Toronto. Estrada came up big in the clutch as all of his pitches seemed to work, The Kansas City offense just couldn’t seem to get any traction at all against him, according to USA Today. Estrada had a brilliant one-hitter going until late in the seventh when he surrendered two hits and allowed Kansas City’s lone run of the night on a solo shot.
The Blue Jays had trailed in the ALCS three games to one going into Wednesday night’s action. They actually trailed three games to none and are looking for an improbable four game sweep. The Royals swung and missed at a third of the pitches they went for as Estrada’s stuff was proving magical. Estrada had led the American League in hits allowed only surrendering just over six hits an outing.
Kansas City ace Edinson Volquez had his velocity going as his fastballs were coming at Toronto batters at a steady 98 MPH. Toronto hitters, however, were seeing the ball well and were just crushing the ball. The Blue Jays took advantage of every opportunity the Royals gave them as they scored their seven runs on just eight hits. The Jays took advantage when Volquez struggled in the sixth with walks and hit batters. He seemed to have lost the strike zone. He walked three in that inning and every one of those batters took him to a full count.
Game Six moves back to Kansas City on Friday. The Jays will need everything they have, and more, if they expect to take the game and force a Game Seven.