Blue Jays pitcher Francisco Liriano was pitching to former teammate and good friend Carlos Gomez of the Rangers in the eighth inning of this afternoon’s ALDS Game 2. Gomez hit a line drive right up the middle and it smacked into the back of Liriano’s head, ricocheting into right field.
Liriano didn’t even go to the ground — he initially appeared to just brush it off like it was a tennis ball or something — but he was taken out of the game nonetheless because you simply do not mess around with 98 m.p.h. line drives to someone’s head. Closer Roberto Osuna was called into the game to get out of the jam. At the time it was 5-2 with Rangers runners on the corners and one out.
Osuna allowed one run to score after inducing a groundout but then bore down and struck out Carlos Beltran to end the Rangers ‘rally. It’s 5-2 as we head to the ninth.