ALCS 2015: Encarnacion produces in Game 2 despite painful finger injury
KANSAS CITY, Mo. When Edwin Encarnacion came out of Game 1 on Friday night, his teammates knew something must be really wrong.His left middle finger hasn’t been right in months. It hurts. It’s cost him full games. Most of the time, though, he’s been able to stand the pain. Friday night, it got the best of him.MORE: Game 2 scoreboard | Five pitches that changed Game 1 | Michael Jordan Jersey Game 1 takeaways So, naturally, his status for Game 2 was up in the air. He had an MRI exam on it Saturday morning, manager John Gibbons said, and doctors cleared him to play. It was going to be painful, though. Nobody had any delusions.Edwin is extremely pa sionate and wants to win, teammate Kevin Pillar said before the game, and he’s going to do whatever it takes to get ready to play today.During the regular season, Encarnacion hit 39 home runs, drove in 111 and posted a .929 OPS. And his spot in the lineup, cleanup, helps protect No. 3 hitter Jose Bautista.He’s a huge part of our lineup. He’s battled this on and off, Gibbons said. The day off might do him some good, but we need him, so he’s in there, he’ll battle through it.And battle, he did. He battled pretty darn well, actually.Encarnacion led off the https://www.whitesoxedge.com/chicago-white-sox/carlos-rodon-jersey second inning with Toronto’s first hit of the game, but was doubled off second base to end the inning when K.C. shortstop Alcides Escobar made a phenomenal diving stop of a smashed line drive by Ru sell Martin.In the sixth, the first two Blue Jays reached against Royals starter Yordano Ventura. It was a nearly identical situation to Game 1, when K.C. starter Edinson Volquez walked the first two in the sixth. Volquez escaped that jam without allowing a run.Encarnacion made sure that didn’t happen on Saturday. He laced a single into left field, chasing home Josh Donaldson from second. After Chris Colabello struck out, Troy Tulowitzki redeemed himself from Friday’s game (he struck out to end that sixth inning rally) with a double to right that chased home Bautista.That put https://www.whitesoxedge.com/chicago-white-sox/avisail-garcia-jersey the Jays ahead, 3-0.