Oct 17, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Wade Davis (17) and center fielder Lorenzo Cain (6) celebrates after beating the Toronto Blue Jays in game two of the ALCS at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
The KC Royals, AKA the Comeback Kings of October, have done it again. They’ve won yet another game while trailing in the late innings. This time they victimized Toronto Blue Jays ace David Price to turn a 3-0 seventh-inning deficit into a 6-3 victory in Game 2 of the 2015 American League Championship Series.
For those of you who are counting, that’s four come-from-behind victories for the Kansas City Royals out of their five post-season victories in 2015.
David Price came into the seventh inning Saturday night on cruise control. He had given up only a leadoff single in the first inning to Alcides Escobar. Aside from that one blot, he was dominating the KC Royals with a mere 66 pitches for 18 straight outs and eight strikeouts.
Price looked unbeatable.
Until, that is, the KC Royals stroked four consecutive singles that began when Toronto right fielder Jose Bautista, and second baseman Ryan Goins, misplayed Ben Zobrist‘s pop fly into a hit. By the time the inning ended, the Kansas City Royals had hung a five-spot on Price and seized a commanding (with their bullpen) 5-3 lead.
Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas added an RBI single in the eighth to give the KC Royals a 6-3 victory, and an encouraging 2-0 lead in the ALCS.
Right now, the formerly sad-sack Royals are two wins away from earning their second consecutive American League pennant. And they’re doing it on the back of their ability to pull out games in the late innings. Those heroics include two eighth-inning rallies to steal victories after falling behind by four runs in an elimination game, and a major-league record four extra-inning wins in one post season.
For Kansas City Royals fans still capable of rational thought, and at the risk of thinking too much about my favorite team pulling off an important victory rather than simply enjoying it, I’d like to present five observations about the KC Royals latest comeback victory.
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