Toronto finally broke the scoreless tie in the top of the fifth.After Pillar popped out and Ezequiel Carrera struck out, Travis looked at strike one from David Price, then stroked the next pitch on a high arc into the Monster seats in left, about 15 feet inside the foul line, for his 11th homer of the year.It cleared the top of the foul pole but replays appeared to show that it was a fair ball.
“I thought he was going to get it today,” said the manager. Against that lineup, their A-team out there on David Ortiz’s special day, there was a lot of emotion.
I was sitting there during that ceremony thinking it might not have been a good thing for us. But our guys stepped up, bottom line.” And nobody stepped up with more authority than Sanchez.
SANCHEZ STEPS UP BIG TIME BOSTON — There will be more days like this for Aaron Sanchez, lots of them, but perhaps never one quite so symbolic of the heart and soul determination that got him to the mound at Fenway Park on this grey October Sunday.
He spent last winter driving himself and his body to a new state of being: Stronger, more balanced, more in tune with his pitching motion.
Toronto’s subsequent victory essentially made the Detroit loss meaningless.
Earlier, the Orioles had capped their season with a 5-2 win over the New York Yankees, forcing Toronto to win its game in Boston to get the chance to host the wild-card game. “A lot of young kids and that bodes well for the organization down the road. We didn’t know what to expect when we broke camp and now he’s established himself as a big-leaguer.
For it to come down to 162 and me being out there …
it was the best.” In this case, it ended with the American League ERA title and, no doubt, a few Cy Young Award votes.
He came to camp and had to fight all spring long to win his spot in the rotation.
He had to keep convincing his bosses that his health was not in peril, that he was built to handle the rigors of a 200-inning big-league season.
At every turn, he proved to anyone who mattered that this was where he was supposed to be, where he had to be. And it’s not over,” said Sanchez, after no-hitting the Red Sox for six innings and eventually earning his 15th win of the season.