ALDS Game 1: Toronto’s Estrada Throws Gem As Blue Jays Take 10-1 Win Over Rangers
The Texas Rangers put their ace LHP Cole Hamels on the mound Thursday afternoon and it definitely not what they had hoped for.
In front of a packed house at Globe Life Park in Arlington, the scoreboard stayed blank through two innings but the Toronto Blue Jays bats came alive in the top of the third.
Hamels got a quick first out tos tart the inning before walking Ezequiel Carrera. Devon Travis then popped out for the second out but a wild pitch by Hamels would start to cause the left-hander to unravel and sending Carrera to second.
Reigning MVP Josh Donaldson doubled on a line drive to left sending home Carrera and putting Toronto on the board 1-0.
Edwin Encarnacion then singled advancing Donaldson to third to put runners on the corners and Jose Bautista approaching the plate. Bautista then hit a RBI single of his own for a 2-0 ballgame. The bases then loaded with a walk by Russell Martin to put Hamels in an even larger predicament.
Troy Tulowitzki then made Hamels pay even more with a bases clearing triple to make it a 5-0 Blue Jays’ lead.
But, Toronto wasn’t done roughing up Hamels when Melvin Upton Jr. hit a leadoff homerun on a fly ball to left field to start the top of the fourth giving Toronto a six run advantage.
Josh Donaldson then hit a RBI single to send home Devon Travis for a 7-0 lead and that would be enough to chase Cole Hamels.
Hamels’ day finished after just 3.1 innings after allowing seven runs and six hits; walking three and striking out just one batter.
Alex Claudio then finished out the fourth inning and the following three innings allowing just two hits and walking two and stopping the Blue Jays from scoring anymore runs, during his time on the mound at least.
In the top of the 9th, Jake Diekman took over pitching duties for the Rangers and gave up consecutive singles to Josh Donaldson and then Edwin Encarnacion. Jose Bautista then approached the plate once again with runners on base and hit a three run homer on a line drive to left fora commanding 10-0 lead for the Jays over the Rangers.
Toronto Blue Jays’ starter RHP Marco Estrada pitched a gem and almost went the distance as he pitched eight shutout innings before allowing a lead off triple to Elvis Andrus. The Rangers finally got on the board then when Shin-Soo Choo to send Andrus home for a 10-1 game.
That was it for Estrada then as he was relieved by RHP Ryan Tepera who closed out the ninth.
Estrada earned the win and Hamels was charged with the loss as Toronto takes a 1-0 series lead in the ALDS.
Game 2 will take place at Globe Life Park on Friday afternoon at 1:00pm. LHP J.A. Happ will take the start for the Blue Jays as RHP Yu Darvish looks to help the Rangers rebound in Game 2 with a solid start.
Toronto Blue Jays
Josh Donaldson: 4 for 4/ 2R/ 2 RBIs/ BB/ 2 DBL
Edwin Encarnacion: 2 for 5/ 2 R
Jose Bautista: 2 for 4/ 2R/ 4 RBIs/ HR
Troy Tulowitzki: 3 for 5/ 3 RBIs/ 3B
Elvis Andrus: 2 for 3/ R/ 3B
Carlos Beltran: 1 for 3