4. Citizen Cain – Game 6 of 2015 ALCS
Blue Jays at Kansas City Royals – Oct. 23, 2015 – 4-3 Royals
Having already staved off elimination four times in the 2015 playoffs, Blue Jays fans could be forgiven if they had a bit of a superiority complex heading into their fifth do or die game.
After dropping the first two games of the series in Kansas City, Toronto rallied to win two of three at home. With the series shifting back to Kauffman Stadium, the stage was set for David Price to exorcise his postseason demons. Price allowed solo homers to Ben Zobrist and Mike Moustakas in the first two innings, but settled in, giving the Jays 6.2 IP, along with eight strikeouts.
Jose Bautista homered in the fourth to cut the lead in half, but former Blue Jay Alex Rios cashed a runner in the seventh with an RBI single. This is when things got wacky. Knowing that rain was in the forecast, Royals manager Ned Yost elected to use Ryan Madson out of then bullpen instead of all-star closer Wade Davis. Ben Revere provided the bloop and Bautista again provided the blast, tying the game at three. Then the rain came.
After a 45-minute delay, Roberto Osuna came on to work the bottom of the eighth. Lorenzo Cain kept the line moving, as the Royals did all year, and worked a leadoff walk. Eric Hosmer then roped a ball to right, which was dug out of the corner by Bautista.
He then directed his throw to second to try and nab Hosmer, as opposed to towards home, allowing the speedy Cain to score from first. The Royals would hold on, and deny the Blue Jays a chance at their first World Series appearance since Joe Carter touched ’em all in 1993.