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Edwin Encarnacion blasts the Blue Jays to the ALDS with a walk-off HR
- Updated: October 5, 2016
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Edwin Encarnacion came up clutch for the Toronto Blue Jays, blasting a 3-run home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to advance his team to the ALDS.
It was an epic Wild Card game between the Blue Jays and the Texas Rangers, one that remained tied at 2-2 since the bottom of the 5th inning. It would all change in the 11th, when Encarnacion stepped up to the plate against Ubaldo Jimenez with runners on 1st and 3rd. With a single out on the board for the Jays, their best slugger took his chance and swung on the 1st pitch thrown at him; smashing it past the left field wall for a walk-off home run.
It was obvious that Encarnacion’s hit was going to be a home run right when it left his bat, with him throwing his hands up in celebration while still being in the batter’s box. All that was left to do was circle the bases while “walking the parrot,” before he went off to celebrate the huge moment with his team.
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— Jake Leroux (@lerouxski) October 5, 2016
Encarnacion finished the night going 1-4, with his only hit winning the Blue Jays the game. It was the most important moment of the night, something that could only be expected from a player of his caliber. Blue Jays fans have seen their 1st baseman come clutch before, something he’s made of habit of doing on his way to leading the American League in RBIs this season with 127.
With the Blue Jays advancing to the American League Division Series, it’ll set stage for an epic rematch between them and the Texas Rangers. There is some bad blood between these teams, with bat flips and thrown punches having already made appearances throughout this past year.
The Blue Jays will get a day of rest, before they take on the Rangers on Oct. 6, in the Globe Life Park in Arlington at 4:30 p.m. EST.
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