As the 2015 season moves towards its inexorable end, the Blue Jays engaged the Orioles in a meaningless late September game for yet another year.
Okay, so this one's a little different since it was made meaningless by virtue of the Blue Jays clinching the division earlier in the evening rather than being eliminated with a week or two to go.
THE Y-BLUE JAYS SIT ATOP THE AL EAST EAST AT THE END OF SEPTEMBER
Many years ago, about 50 miles northwest of where the Jays played tonight, Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address in which he famously predicted that "the world will little note nor long remember" what happened on that day. Of course, he was wrong, but I feel very confident in saying it's a very fitting way to describe the second game of today's doubleheader.
THE BLUE JAYS ARE GOING TO THE PLAYOFFS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 22 YEARS
John Gibbons made good on his promise of starting a skeleton crew if the Jays clinched the division in game one, and that's how you got Ezequiel Carrera hitting third and Josh Thole sixth. That freed the regulars to not so subtly pre-game the post-game celebration that awaited (and boy did it show when they talked to them!)
BECAUSE THE BLUE JAYS WON THE AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST TO HAVE A REAL PLAYOFF SPOT WORTH CELEBRATING
R. A. Dickey pitched very well, only needing 58 pitches to work five shutout innings. He allowed two hits, though the defenders made a few nice plays to save him a few more, while striking out three and walking none. He was totally zoned in for a game it would have been pretty easy to totally mail in. Even though he was totally cruising, Gibby took him out for Ryan Tepera because
THE BLUE JAYS ARE THE DIVISION CHAMPS AND IT'S ALL ABOUT THE PLAYOFFS!
The 7th inning would prove to be the Jays undoing. Carrera lead off with a double with the score still 0-0, their best socring opportunity of the night with Chris Colabello and Matt Hague to follow. Colabello smacked a ball, but just foul, and then popped out. Hague too popped out, and Carrera totally forgot how many outs there were, getting doubled off.
In the bottom of the inning, Tepera came back out after working a clean 6th. He was immediately greeted with back-to-back home runs from Manny Machado and Chris Davis. That was the end of his night, Liam Hendriks came in and gave up a double (partially misplayed by Carrera), a walk and a single. So in came Loup, who got a strikeout before allowing snakebitten single and double on ground balls that could have easily been outs or double plays in other circumstances to make it 5-0.
BUT THAT COULDN'T CHANGE THE JAYS STILL BEING THE DIVISION CHAMPS
Darwin Barney hit a home run to put the Jays on the board. Steve Delabar came in for the 8th and did a little more damage to their run differential, giving up another bomb to Chris Davis leading off. Jonathon Schoop hit one off the outfield wall in right centre, and then Matt Wieters hit a bomb of his own. He almost gave up a third to J.J. Hardy, but whatever because
THE BLUE JAYS ARE THE 2015 AL EAST CHAMPIONS!
Jays of the Day: As discussed, Dickey had a great night
Suckage: By the numbers, a handful. BUT WHO CARES, PLAYOFFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
After an unbelievable August and September, BRING ON OCTOBER!