Cleveland Indians' Coco Crisp celebrates in the dugout after his home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning in Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series in Toronto, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016.
"For the rest of my career I will not say "Indian" or "Brave" and if I was in the NFL I would not say 'Redskins, '" Howarth told the Toronto Star. "It was a battle all series. And now they move on". Good pitching and no hitting. "So just go out there and be yourself, control what you can control and just have fun, just enjoy it'". The A's won it all in '89, but Kirk Gibson's homer off Eckersley cost them the previous year, and in 1990, Oakland was denied by another incredible bullpen.
"They never let us string base hits together", Bautista said, "and when we had men in scoring position they seemed to turn it up a notch and go to another level of execution". "My hat's off to them". The thing that sucks is sometimes even if you do pitch well, we still get them. "You have to, and they did".
Toronto hit.201 (32-for-159) in the series.
He does not panic, Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor said.
The Jays got all of two singles off Merritt in his 41/3 innings Josh Donaldson on pitch No. 38 of the day for Merritt and Russell Martin an inning later on pitch No. 49 which turned out to be his last.
"The one that is certain is our desire for him to continue to lead this organization on the field, and his desire is the same", Atkins said outside the Jays' clubhouse, after taking a stroll through the disappointment and shaking hands with every player in sight. "I've experienced it in the bullpen, I've experienced it in the dugout, I've experienced it walking off the mound". "They answered the bell time after time after time".
"It's been special", said the six-foot-seven left-hander. But it's the truth. They'll host Game 1 of the World Series at Progressive Field next Tuesday, October 25th. Tomlin is the longest-tenured player on the Indians roster, helping the club to their first AL Central division title since 2007.
A World Series win would be the flawless way to end this season for the Indians. He has at least 30 homers in each of the last five seasons. Compare that with Blue Jays veteran Marco Estrada, who has 128 starts and close to 900 innings' worth of experience.
Toronto was denied its first trip to the World Series since 1993, when it won for the second year in a row.
And unlike the NLCS, which has been managed within an inch of its life, I'm not sure what Gibbons could've done differently in high-leverage situations - if only because nobody ever scored, from either team, in those crucial situations. The key is we want to take that next step one of these days.
Encarnacion, 33, is coming off another big season with 42 homers, 127 RBIs and a.263 batting average. The Jays first baseman said after Game 5 that Toronto is his first choice in free agency, and he's reiterated that several times this season.
Bautista entered the major leagues in 2004 with Baltimore. While team president Mark Shapiro confirmed that Gibbons will be asked back - which, amazingly, was in question at one point this year - Shapiro said more internal discussions need to be had to see what the Jays' future budgets would look like before deciding if and how much they might offer Encarnacion and/or Bautista.
Could they both be back?
That was all that the bullpen needed to finish the game, as Bryan Shaw, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen pitched the final 4 2/3 innings, allowing four hits and no runs. He beguiled Jose Bautista with a 69 miles per hour curveball with his second pitch and struck out Edwin Encarnacion looking with another to end the first. With the Rogers Centre roaring, Troy Tulowitzki popped out in foul territory to Santana, and the celebration began. He retired 10 of 11 before exiting, with the Crisp home run the only blot on his copy book during that stretch.
TORONTO (AP) - Five games.
The 20-year-old in Urias is set to become the youngest starting pitcher in postseason history. Matt Moore did it for Tampa in the 2011 ALDS. Overall, he threw 49 pitches - 33 for strikes.
The free-swinging Jays did not excel against slow fastballs this season.