Field of Memes, 2016

Buckle up, baseball fans. 

Last year about this time I filed a headlined image or two after  Blue Jays post season games. It was called Field of Memes, a nod, of course, to the now departed W.P. Kinsella. 

Tonight, the Jays hosted the American League Wild Card game against the Baltimore Orioles. Marcus Stroman cruised through the first three innings and then got roughed up in the fourth by a two-run shot from Mark Trumbo, which erased the 1-0 lead written by Jose Bautista's solo homer in the second inning. 

Defence by both teams was solid. Offense was provided by the Toronto fan who hurled a foaming beer can at Orioles outfielder Hyun Soo Kim as he corralled a fly ball in the seventh inning. Hey, tweeted, horrormeister Stephen King, whatever happened to polite Canadians? 

The Jays repeatedly refused to win, hitting into inning-ending double plays and demonstrating, as if fans needed more demonstrating, that small ball isn't how this team is built. That point was then driven home in the bottom of the 11th inning when Edwin Encarnacion pounded a pitch into the left-field second deck, walking off with a 5-2 victory, and soon flying off to Texas.

The big question at this hour is the status of Roberto Osuna, escorted from the mound in the 10th inning after Encarnacion, who noticed something wrong the the closer, sent an SOS to the dugout. 



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