The bats were anything but silent during Saturday’s ALCS rematch between the Blue Jays and Indians. Carlos Santana took J.A. Happ deep in the second inning, while Toronto outfielder Josh Donaldson got the Blue Jays on the board with an RBI double in the third inning.
The double was Donaldson’s sixth of the postseason so far, setting a new standard for doubles hit by the club in the playoffs. The previous record holder? Kevin Pillar, who amassed five doubles during the Jays’ playoff run in 2015. Donaldson’s double was also the ninth of his postseason career to date, breaking the eight-double record held by former center fielder Devon White from 1991 to 1993. While a handful of other Blue Jays came close to cracking Donaldson’s single-year record — among them, Hall of Famers Rickey Henderson and Paul Molitor — no one managed the feat within the same calendar year.
Should the Blue Jays clinch the World Series, Donaldson will become the fourth franchise player to hit 4+ postseason doubles in a championship year.