Did you know? Key facts from Blue Jays-Rangers Game 2
By Alykhan Ravjiani
In less than 24 hours, the Blue Jays and Rangers completed the first two games of their best-of-five American League Division Series, with Toronto taking control after a 5-3 victory in Game 2 on Friday afternoon.
The Blue Jays will carry a 2-0 series lead north of the border, with Game 3 set to go on Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m. ET at Rogers Centre on TBS (United States) and Sportsnet (Canada). These two teams have built quite the rivalry after last year's ALDS went the distance. Although Game 1 finished in a blowout, Game 2 provided its own theatrics with an intriguing finish.
Here's a look at 10 interesting facts from Game 2:
• The script of the series is similar to last year's ALDS matchup between the two teams, when Texas won the first two games at Rogers Centre before Toronto won three straight. Teams winning the first two games in a best-of-five postseason series have gone on to win the series 63 of 72 times (87.5 percent). In Division Series with the current 2-2-1 format, teams that won the first two games on the road are 14-2.
• Friday's outing was a rough one for Rangers starter Yu Darvish, who allowed four home runs for the first time in his career. Darvish also became the first player in Rangers postseason history to allow four homers in a game, and he tied the MLB record for home runs allowed in a postseason game.
• Texas has now lost five straight ALDS games against Toronto, getting outscored 34-12 in that span. The Rangers also fell to 1-11 in ALDS games at home.
• Texas had plenty of opportunities to get back into the game, but left a postseason-franchise-record 13 men on base.
• On the flip side, Toronto became the first team to hit four home runs in a postseason game on the road since the Cardinals accomplished the feat in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series against the Rangers. The Blue Jays also hit four home runs in a postseason game for the first time in franchise history.
• Toronto accomplished a rare feat by taking the first two games of a postseason series for just the third time in franchise history. The Blue Jays opened with two consecutive victories in the 1985 AL Championship Series against the Royals and took the first two on the road in the 1993 ALCS against the White Sox.
• Kevin Pillar's fifth-inning home run was surrounded by all kinds of interesting nuggets. According to Statcast™, the pitch Pillar homered on was 4.16 feet off the ground at its point of contact. Only two homers all year were hit on higher pitches. Pillar also snapped a personal streak of 317 plate appearances without leaving the yard.
• Troy Tulowitzki hasn't been with the Blue Jays long, but he's already made his presence felt. Tulowitzki's two-run home run to open the scoring gave him 16 postseason RBIs with Toronto, tying him for third on the team's all-time list with Jose Bautista. Only Joe Carter (20) and Roberto Alomar (18) have more.
• Ezequiel Carrera, who batted leadoff after Devon Travis was scratched late, notched Toronto's second postseason home run in franchise history out of the No. 1 spot in the order with his fifth-inning solo shot. Lloyd Moseby accomplished the feat in Game 5 of the 1989 ALCS against the A's.
• Including the postseason, the Blue Jays have gone 25-8 in games started by J.A. Happ this year. That includes wins in 10 of Happ's past 11 road starts.
Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.