Toronto Blue Jays: Five great games from the past five seasons

Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Steve Pearce #28 of the Toronto Blue Jays is congratulated by teammates at home plate after hitting a game-winning grand slam home run in the ninth inning during MLB game action against the Los Angeles Angels. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /

5. Pearce clears both the bases and seats, again

Los Angeles Angels at Blue Jays – July 30, 2017 – 11-10 Blue Jays

One year before he would become a World Series hero for the Boston Red Sox, Steve Pearce provided a weekend of magic for a different AL East fanbase.

Pearce’s first grand slam of the weekend to walk off the Oakland Athletics was impressive enough, but the bottom of the ninth comeback that led to his slam to beat the Angels gives this game the edge. Down 10-4 thanks to a early 2000s-esque two-homer, four RBI day from Albert Pujols, Kevin Pillar started the last half of the ninth with a bang.

After Ryan Goins walked, Superman took Brooks Pounders deep, cutting the Halos’ lead to four. Blue Jays legend Rob Refsnyder then laced a ground-rule double to left, chasing Pounders from the game. Ezequiel Carrera then welcomed Bud Norris to the bump by ambushing his first offering, dropping a base hit into centre.

Russell Martin reached on an infield single, Justin Smoak moved the runners on a ground out, and Kendrys Morales worked a walk, setting the table for Pearce.

Cue Buck Martinez.