After two disappointing road losses in games 1 and 2 of the ALCS, the Toronto Blue Jays needed to gain momentum in the series, because another loss and they would be in a huge 3-0 hole. Toronto wouldn’t want anything more then to win their first game of the series at home, and if they did, it could potentially be a momentum swinger. With Johnny Cueto on the mound for the Kansas City Royals, the Blue Jays knew it would be a tough game to get the offense going after Cueto’s strong performance in Game 5 of the ALDS against the Houston Astros. Toronto made sure not to let down their home crowd. With Toronto down to a quick 1-0 hole after one inning on a ground ball hit by Ben Zobrist scoring Alcides Escobar in the top of the first, things weren’t off to a great start for Toronto. Toronto wouldn’t go down without a fight though, having a huge second and third inning, scoring 3 runs in the second, and a massive 6 runs in the third. These runs coming of two singles in the second with runners on base by Ryan Goins, and Troy Tulowitzki, and two huge home runs hit by Troy Tulowitzki and Josh Donaldson in the third putting the score to 9-2 after three innings of play; the second run for The Royals coming in the top of the third of a ground ball hit by Eric Hosmer, scoring Ben Zobrist.
After the early innings past, Toronto’s bats didn’t speak much, only pushing two runs across for the remaining 6 innings. On the other hand, slowly but surely, The Royals chipped away scoring two in the fifth inning and a huge ninth inning push of four runs which would put the final score at Toronto 11, Kansas City 8.
Having a huge game for the Blue Jays were stars, Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki, and Ryan Goins. Josh Donaldson had a wonderful 2-4 game with two hits, one being a 2-run home run, a walk, a groundout, and a strikeout. He reached base three of the five plate appearances and had with 3 RBI’s, and a run scored. Troy Tulowitzki also had a 2-4 night with two hits, one of which being a 3-run home run, and two strikeouts. He had 3 RBI’s while also scoring twice for the Blue Jays. Lastly Ryan Goins also sharing a 2-4 night with Donaldson, and Tulowitzki, had 2 hits, with a solo home run, a pop out, and a strikeout. He also had 3 RBI’s, and scored a run for the Blue Jays. Without huge nights from these three stars, it could have been a completely different ballgame ending in defeat for the Blue Jays.
Receiving the win on the mound for the Blue Jays was Marcus Stroman giving up 11 hits and 4 earned runs, with a strikeout and walk a piece through six and a third innings for the Blue Jays. Stroman’s pitching performance wasn’t elite, but it was good enough to get the job done.
Receiving the loss on the mound for the Royals was Johnny Cueto with a disappointing start after having an elite performance against the Astros a week ago only going two innings in the game. He allowed 6 hits and 8 earned runs including giving up a 3-run homer, and walking four. He did manage to strikeout two.
After such a strong hitting performance from the Blue Jays, they hope to continue the momentum gained from game 3, and continue to swing the bats with authority in today’s game 4. Toronto seems to have gained momentum from game 3, and are in a much better situation only down by a game in the series now, rather then a 3-0 hole where only one team in baseball history has fought their way out of (Boston Red Sox over the New York Yankees in the 2004 ALCS).