Blue Jays fans are taking a finale game loss to the Baltimore Orioles in stride after clinching the American League East title the previous day.
A game rescheduled from 7:05 p.m. to 12:05 p.m. on Thursday, October 1, 2015, proved to be the undoing of the Toronto Blue Jays and their fans as foul weather drenched the playing field in Camden Yards in Baltimore. By the end of the day, the Baltimore Orioles won 4-6 over the Toronto Blue Jays.
In the overall scheme of things, Blue Jays fans are still celebrating the previous day’s Oriole-trouncing that rewarded the Toronto Blue Jays with the American League East title over the New York Yankees, making the new magic number, according to the Toronto Star, three.
This overall standing for the Blue Jays brings the Kansas City Royals up close and personal. Number crunching by fans gives the Jays 92 wins against 66 losses with four games left to play. It also hands the Royals 91 wins and 67 losses with four games to play.
According to CBC, two months of hi-octane baseball brought home a 15-2 rout of the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday afternoon, rewarding the Blue Jays for their new form, and ending 22-years of frustration for their fans.
Champagne was held in readiness at the visiting clubhouse of Camden Yards for the final score that would complete a doubleheader. The Toronto Blue Jays were already showing symptoms of celebratory fever along with their fans in anticipation of clinching the American League East.
After the Wednesday jubilation, Thursday had the feel of a half-mast day for the Jays and their fans. To begin with, Jays manager John Gibbons gave all of his regulars a day off, starting a B-team against the Orioles.
Blue Jays right-handed pitcher Drew Hutchison took the mound against Baltimore Orioles rookie right-hander Tyler Wilson through the first inning.
When the rain started, there was no let up. Grounds crew attacked the playing field to do damage control but a steady drizzle meant a no-win situation, and so the game was called to a halt. The score at this juncture was 0-3 in the Orioles’ favor.
The rain delay ate up three hours and twenty-five minutes of the game.
The total number of tickets sold was shown to be 18,257 but the actual attendance was much less, blamed on inclement weather, the schedule switch and disappointed fans. The wait time whittled the crowd down to several hundred.
With the re-start a few minutes past 4 p.m., Orioles Manny Machado made it 4-0 Baltimore in the second inning, running home as teammate Paul Janish drove a single to left field.
Jays Chris Colabello scored one in the fourth inning before the Orioles Steve Pearce ran home in the fifth.
In the sixth, Orioles 3B Manny Machado snagged a 6-1 Baltimore by hitting his 33rd home-run for the year.
In the seventh, Jays infielder Munenori Kawasaki scored one to raise Jays’ hopes, making it 6-2. Then Jays leftfielder Ezequiel Carrera batted a double that brought teammates Jonathan Diaz and Dalton Pompey home.
Neither team produced anything after that; the Blue Jays’ rally being too little too late, especially for the fans.
The final score was 6-4 in favor of the Orioles.
According to the Globe and Mail, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons was preoccupied with configuring the postseason to accommodate David Price, the team’s star pitcher dominating the mound, and a fan-favorite. Gibbons’ decision was to give plenty of rest to the left–handed All-Star pitcher he’d acquired from the Detroit Tigers.
It followed that Price slated to be the Thursday starter in Baltimore, was passed over in favor of Drew Hutchison to stare down the Orioles in the final game of the series. That’s the explanation for the 6-4 Orioles’ victory at Camden Yards, and Blue Jays fans are sticking to it.
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