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Rise and shine baseball fans! Last night, the Blue Jays were a loss away from being swept in the ALCS, a very unceremonious way to end the season. However, their season didn’t end. The Jays took Cleveland down in a 5-1 victory, with the brunt of those runs coming off of Brian Shaw in the 7th. Corey Kluber pitched a pretty good game, but run support just wasn’t in the cards for him. The teams will play Game 5 tomorrow at 4:08pm.
Here’s a roundup of what’s going on in the National League East.
So the Blue Jays won a game. They’re still down 3-1, they possibly come back this far to take it all...right? Don’t be so quick to count the Jays out. Plenty of teams have come back from 3-0. Could the Blue Jays be the next team on this list?
“There have been 34 times that a baseball team has been down 0-3 in a best-of-seven postseason series. One of those teams has come back to win.”
Adrian Gonzalez refused to stay in Trump International when the Dodgers visited the Cubs, stating that he had his reasons, but did not want to put the politics before baseball.
“The Dodgers and Cubs are locked in a close NLCS, but a footnote from five months ago has become a focal point in the lead up to the 2016 presidential election. It came to light that All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez refused to stay in Donald Trump’s hotel in May when the Dodgers visited the Cubs.
For years the Dodgers have used the Trump International Hotel and Tower when they take road trips to Chicago, but this season Gonzalez wasn’t interested in continuing the tradition, telling the Los Angeles Daily News:
‘I didn’t stay there. I had my reasons.’”
Rich Hill is a precious gift that none of us really asked for but we were all blessed with anyway.
“Hill pitched in both games of a doubleheader for the Angels in 2014. They were the only two games he pitched for them, and he didn’t retire a single batter. He gave up a single and three walks, and he was released a couple days later.
It wasn’t a story anyone paid attention to. Just like no one wrote 1,000 words last year about how that might have been the last we saw from Tim Stauffer, Eric Stults, or Everett Teaford. Veteran pitchers come and go like that, bringing a wisp of "Oh, yeah, I remember this guy" into a couple of games and vanishing just as quickly. They keep trying to stick because they don’t know what else to do, and it’s not like they can change their mind in 10 years. Might as well try while the calendar is at least a little willing.”
Speaking of awesome things that no one asked for but I’m going to show you anyway, may of I offer you these works of art via MLB Cut4:
Last night, the Cubs fell to the Dodgers, 6-0. Chicago now trails L.A. in the NLCS, 2-1. So what happened to the team with the best record in baseball? The short version—a whole lot of nothing.
“The Cubs offense has gone missing over the past two games. Yesterday it was Clayton Kershaw. Today it was Rich Hill, who has been one of the best pitchers in baseball since returning from independent ball last August. Hill had a vicious curve ball that the Cubs simply could not do much of anything with. Meanwhile, Jake Arrieta pitched a pretty good game, even though you couldn’t tell it from the scoresheet. He gave up four runs on six hits over 5+ innings. But he gave up a an RBI single to Corey Seager on a 1-1 count (more on that later) and then gave up a two-run home run to Yasmani Grandal on what was, honestly, a good pitch. It reminded me of Daniel Murphy’s home run off of Arrieta in last year’s NLCS, to tell the truth. It was a low pitch that Grandal managed to just golf out.”
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Today in baseball: On October 19th, 1981, the first Canadian pennant hopes are crushed when Dodger Rick Monday's ninth inning two-out cinematic home run beats the Expos, 2-1, in the deciding game of the NLCS.