After dropping the first two games of the ALCS to the Royals, the Blue Jays were hoping that their power would show up with their return home to Rogers Centre. Fortunately for them, it did.
Behind three homers, the Blue Jays hung on for an 11-8 victory in Game 3 of the ALCS on Monday night. The Royals grabbed a 1-0 lead against Marcus Stroman two batters into the game, but the Blue Jays plated three runs against Johnny Cueto in the second inning before exploding for six in the third. Troy Tulowitzki and Josh Donaldson both homered in the frame.
Cueto ended up being charged with eight runs over two-plus innings. According to ESPN Stats & Info, he’s the first pitcher in postseason history to allow at least eight runs and 11 baserunners in two or fewer innings pitched.
Stroman wasn’t at his best and was hit pretty hard at times, allowing four runs on 11 hits and one walk over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out just one batter and had just three swings and misses all night. However, it was good enough with Toronto’s offense rolling.
After his communication error with Jose Bautista proved critical in the Game 2 loss, Ryan Goins made up for it at the plate in Game 3. He delivered a go-ahead two-run single in the second inning before adding a solo homer in the fifth.
The Blue Jays carried an 11-4 lead into the top of the ninth inning, but things got interesting after the Royals chipped away with a sacrifice fly by Lorenzo Cain and an RBI single from Eric Hosmer. Liam Hendriks was then replaced by Roberto Osuna, who gave up a two-run homer to Kendrys Morales. However, Osuna bounced back to retire Mike Moustakas and Salvador Perez to end it.
Things would have looked pretty bleak for the Blue Jays with a loss tonight, but we suddenly have ourselves a series again. Game 4 will take place Tuesday afternoon at 4:07 p.m. ET. R.A. Dickey will attempt to even things up for Toronto while Chris Young will get the ball for Kansas City.
After a dominant showing in Game 5 of the ALDS against the Astros, Johnny Cueto just didn’t have it tonight in Game 3 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays.
Cueto was charged for eight runs over two-plus innings of work and allowed 11 out of the 17 batters he faced to reach base. The Blue Jays exploded for six runs in the third inning. The big blow against Cueto was a long three-run homer to straightaway center field off the bat of Troy Tulowitzki. Check it out below…
After going 2-for-25 to begin the postseason, Tulowitzki is 4-for-6 with a homer and a double over his last two games. Good news for the Blue Jays.
Kris Medlen replaced Cueto and quickly surrendered up a two-run homer to Josh Donaldson which landed in the second deck in left field. The rout is on in Toronto. The Blue Jays lead Game 3 by the score of 9-2 going into the fifth inning.
UPDATE: The Royals plated one run in the top of the third inning on an Eric Hosmer fielder’s choice, so the Blue Jays lead 3-2 going into the bottom of the third inning.
8:56 p.m. ET: After being shut down in the bottom of the first inning, the Blue Jays got to Johnny Cueto in the bottom of the second inning to take a 3-1 lead in Game 3 of the ALCS at Rogers Centre in Toronto.
Troy Tulowitzki got the rally started with a one-out single. It snapped Cueto’s streak of 24 straight batters without a hit. Russell Martin was then hit in the left elbow by a pitch before Kevin Pillar grounded into a fielder’s choice for an out at second base. Pillar stole second base without a throw before Ryan Goins singled into left field to plate two runs. Pillar got a face-full of dirt on his slide into home plate, which was just ahead of the tag from Salvador Perez.
The Blue Jays weren’t done there, as Ben Revere drew a walk before Josh Donaldson singled to left to drive in the third run of the inning. Cueto managed to get Jose Bautista to fly out to right field to escape further damage.
Cueto has already thrown 50 pitches through his first two innings of work tonight.
Marcus Stroman threw just seven pitches in the top of the first inning, but the Blue Jays are already down 1-0 to the Royals in Game 3 of the ALCS.
On the second pitch of the game, Alcides Escobar hit a low liner to right field which got away from Jose Bautista after a diving attempt and resulted in a triple. Escobar was then brought home on a ground out from Ben Zobrist. The inning could have been worse, but center fielder Kevin Pillar made a highlight-worthy play to track down a fly ball off the bat of Lorenzo Cain.
Johnny Cueto, who was excellent in Game 5 of the ALDS against the Astros, worked around a two-out walk for a scoreless bottom of the first. He needed 25 pitches to do it, though. We’re headed to the top of the second inning at Rogers Centre.
Things are looking shaky right now with the Mets up 2-0 in the NLCS, but Cubs shortstop Addison Russell told Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com this afternoon that he hopes his left hamstring is healed enough for him to be available if the Cubs advance to the World Series.
“I don’t see why not,” Russell said Monday at Wrigley Field. “But we’re still trying to (be) precautionary, even though the way that I feel is going better than planned. We’re still going to try and take it slow, because you still have those days. There’s no rush.”
Russell strained his left hamstring while legging out a triple in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Cardinals. The Cubs removed him from the active roster for the NLCS against the Mets, but he’s planning to ramp up his rehab this week.
Javier Baez is serving as the starting shortstop for the Cubs with Russell sidelined. He’s 1-for-6 with three strikeouts over the first two games against the Mets.