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Today in Jays History: Jays Clinch Home Wild Card Game

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Toronto Blue Jays Vs. Boston Red Sox At Fenway Park Photo by Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Five Years Ago Today

Jays beat the Red Sox to earn the home field for the 2016 AL Wild Card game (and you remember how that one ended).

The Jays won 2-1. Aaron Sanchez threw 7 innings, allowing just 2 hits, one a Manny Ramirez seventh-inning home run that was too close to the foul pole to call. It might have been foul, but do you think the umpires were going to rule against the Red Sox in Fenway? The loss cost the Red Sox home-field advantage in the ALDS against Cleveland.

Sanchez, as he had been all season, was dominant. He lowered his ERA to a league-leading 3.00 and improved his record to 15-2. What might have been if not for injuries?

On the offensive side, we only scored one run off Red Sox starter David Price, in his five innings, on a Devon Travis home run (his 11th of the season). Again, if not for injuries.... If you watch the video below, that was the most understated home run call of all time. I guess it was the end of a long season for Buck, but this was an important game.

That put us ahead until Manny's homer in the seventh.

In the top of the eighth, we restored our one-run lead. Josh Donaldson opened the inning with a single, Edwin Encarnacion walked, but Jose Bautista hit into a 5-3 double play. It was a rough season for Jose. Russell Martin singled, moving Edwin to third and Troy Tulowitzki singled him home.

Brett Cecil started the bottom of the eighth, giving up a single and getting a strikeout. Joe Biagini took his spot. This was Joe's rookie and best season with the Blue Jays. Still, I can't imagine I was thrilled with him coming into the game with the tying run on first. But he got a ground out and a strikeout to end the inning.

Roberto Osuna gave up a two-out walk and a single to raise our heart rates (after getting Mookie Betts and David Ortiz each to ground out). But Jackie Bradley ground one to Donaldson at third. The Jays were set to host the Orioles in the Wild Card game, allowing Buck Showalter to demonstrate his managerial genius.

From the recap:

Jays of the Day: Sanchez (.253 WPA), Biagini (.199), Tulo (.141). And I’m giving one to Travis, even though he had a .075, because that was a huge homer. And I’m giving one to Josh for that great play on defense.

Suckage: Baustista, even with a single and a walk, had a -.115, much of that on the double play ball.

Of note, it was David Ortiz's last regular-season game. He went 0 for 4.

Toronto Blue Jays Table
Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS Details
Devon Travis 2B 5 1 2 1 0 0 5 .300 .332 .454 .785 HR
Josh Donaldson 3B 4 0 1 0 1 0 5 .284 .404 .549 .953
Edwin Encarnacion 1B 2 1 0 0 2 0 4 .263 .357 .529 .886 GDP
Jose Bautista DH 3 0 1 0 1 0 4 .234 .366 .452 .817 GDP
Russell Martin C 4 0 2 0 0 1 4 .231 .335 .398 .733
Troy Tulowitzki SS 4 0 2 1 0 0 4 .254 .318 .443 .761 2B
Melvin Upton Jr. LF 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .238 .291 .402 .693
Michael Saunders PH-LF 2 0 0 0 0 1 2 .253 .338 .478 .815
Kevin Pillar CF 4 0 1 0 0 1 4 .266 .303 .376 .679 2B
Ezequiel Carrera RF 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .248 .323 .356 .679
Team Totals 34 2 9 2 4 6 38 .265 .342 .412 .754
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Boston Red Sox Table
Batting AB R H RBI BB SO PA BA OBP SLG OPS Details
Dustin Pedroia 2B 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .318 .376 .449 .825 GDP
Brock Holt 3B 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .255 .322 .383 .705
Mookie Betts RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .318 .363 .534 .897
David Ortiz DH 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 .315 .401 .620 1.021
Hanley Ramirez 1B 3 1 1 1 1 1 4 .286 .361 .505 .866 HR
Xander Bogaerts SS 4 0 2 0 0 1 4 .294 .356 .446 .802
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 .267 .349 .486 .835 HBP
Sandy Leon C 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 .310 .369 .476 .845
Chris Young PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 .276 .352 .498 .850 SB
Bryan Holaday C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .231 .281 .359 .640
Andrew Benintendi LF 2 0 0 0 1 1 3 .295 .359 .476 .835
Team Totals 30 1 4 1 3 8 34 .133 .235 .233 .469
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Toronto Blue Jays Table
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str
Aaron Sanchez, W (15-2) 7 2 1 1 2 6 1 3.00 25 97 62
Brett Cecil, H (9) 0.1 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.93 2 9 6
Joe Biagini, H (9) 0.2 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.06 2 13 10
Roberto Osuna, S (36) 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 2.68 5 20 12
Team Totals 9 4 1 1 3 8 1 1.00 34 139 90
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Boston Red Sox Table
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF Pit Str
David Price 5 4 1 1 3 4 1 3.99 20 80 50
Heath Hembree 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2.65 4 13 11
Robbie Ross 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3.25 3 17 11
Matt Barnes 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.05 1 2 2
Brad Ziegler, L (4-7) 0.2 3 1 1 1 0 0 2.25 5 17 8
Drew Pomeranz 1.1 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.32 5 21 14
Team Totals 9 9 2 2 4 6 1 2.00 38 150 96
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Generated 10/2/2021.