Last year’s Toronto Blue Jays/Texas Rangers series saw Texas take a 2-0 series lead in the visitors’ ball park.
Now the roles are reversed.
Troy Tulowitzki, Kevin Pillar, Ezequiel Carrera, and Edwin Encarnacion all hit home runs en route to a 5-3 Jays win at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish lasted five innings, earning all five runs.
Toronto’s ace, J. A. Happ also went five innings, but gave up just one run on nine hits.
The Jays needed relief help from five pitchers, including closer Roberto Osuna, who shut the door with a five out save.
Texas tacked on two runs in the bottom of the 8th to give the fans something to cheer about, and put a scare into Toronto.
It was too little, too late as the two teams will now head back to Toronto for game 3 at Rogers Centre on Sunday night.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:38 p.m.
Meanwhile, the 1 o’clock start for Friday’s game meant die hard Blue Jays fans could sneak out of work early to cheer on their team and enjoy an extended long weekend.
For a few fans at McCabes on Richmond St. it was a no brainer to be there, watching.
“(It’s) so much better,” said Jake, who skipped out on some afternoon classes at school to watch the game with friends. “At home, it’s kind of nice, you can just relax and watch it. But here, you get a crowd atmosphere, you almost feel like you’re at the game in a certain sense. It’s kind of similar to Jurassic Park for the Toronto Raptors, when you’re around a lot more people, you get a lot more pumped up.”
Another rowdy table at the bar was a collection of fans donning their blue and white jerseys.
When asked if the upcoming schedule of games would interfere with Thanksgiving dinner this weekend, the answer was clear for Tyler.
“My mom better not expect me to be sitting at the table if the game is playing,” he laughed. His friend, Lauren, had similar thoughts.
“I don’t think the game should ever not be on,” she said.
Should the series need a fourth game, it will happen Monday afternoon at 1:08 p.m.
You can hear every Blue Jays playoff game live on AM980.