Bottom of the ninth in a tie game with two outs. Who else would the Toronto Blue Jays want at the plate other than third baseman Josh Donaldson? No one, because on this particular occasion, Donaldson delivered and walked it off for the Blue Jays with a solo shot to left, his 41st homer of the season, and the Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4.
The walk-off homer was Donaldson’s third of the year, a new team record. Given this feat, and given it happening in a race with the New York Yankees for the AL East title, it is fair to wonder if this all but locks up the AL MVP for Donaldson. The 29-year-old already has very impressive numbers, slashing .299/.373/.575 with 41 homers and 122 RBIs. Donaldson has been the team leader for the AL East leading Blue Jays, so setting a team record for walk-off home runs is just another stat to add to his already impressive application for MVP honors.
With the Yankees beating the Chicago White Sox earlier this afternoon, the Blue Jays needed this victory to maintain their four game lead in the AL East. With a playoff appearance approaching, Hipmunk.com is Blue Jays fan’s No. 1 travel resource. Toronto flights at Hipmunk paired with an economical Toronto hotel near the ballpark can help create a postseason trip for diehard fans.