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Josh Donaldson slides the Blue Jays into the ALCS on a walk-off error
- Updated: October 10, 2016
Josh Donaldson put his hustle on display in the clutch during Game 3 of the ALDS against the Texas Rangers on Sunday.
With runners at 1st and 2nd and 1 out during the bottom of the 10th inning, Russell Martin connected on a 3-2 delivery from Rangers reliever, Matt Bush, and hit a ground ball towards the infield. Elvis Andrus grabbed the ball and quickly threw it to Rougned Odor, who then hesitated before throwing to 1st baseman, Mitch Moreland. Moreland could not properly catch the ball and complete the double play, which allowed Martin to stay safe at 1st base.
While all this was happening, Donaldson was sprinting around the bases to try and get to home base safely and in time. As he sprinted towards the plate, Moreland threw the ball over to catcher, Jonathan Lucroy, in an attempt to halt Donaldson’s approach. Unfortunately for Lucroy, he unintentionally deflected it off his glove and allowed Donaldson to slide in safe, completing a sweep and sending the Toronto Blue Jays to the ALCS.
With that play, the Blue Jays became the 1st team in MLB history to win a playoff series on a walk-off error.
ARE YOU KIDDING?!?!?!?! WALKOFF!!!!
— Blue Jays (@BlueJays) October 10, 2016
Donaldson, 30, has been nothing short of spectacular so far in the postseason on both offence and defence. As of October 10, Donaldson has 5 doubles, 3 RBIs, and has a .500 batting average in 4 playoff games. Donaldson’s clutch performance during Game 3 of the ALDS will no doubt be remembered by Blue Jays and baseball fans for years to come.
With the win, the Jays will get a 5-day rest as they await the results of the other ALDS between the Cleveland Indians and the Boston Red Sox. With their Game 3 postponed to Monday due to rain, Toronto will no doubt keep an eye out as to who will be their next opponent.
The Blue Jays drive to the World Series will resume on Friday when they take on either the Indians or the Red Sox on their home field, with the 1st pitch TBD.
All stats for this article are from Baseball-Reference.com
You can find Michael Mazzei on Twitter @MichaelMazzei3.