Kansas City Royals: Ten Biggest Plays Of 2015

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3. October 23, 2015: Lorenzo Cain Scores From First On Single To Win ALCS

This time, it was the Blue Jays that rallied from a two-run deficit in the late innings to tie Game 6 of the ALCS 3-3. The Blue Jays were threatening to send the series to a seventh game after knotting the score in the top of the eighth in Kauffman Stadium.

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Cain led off the bottom of the inning for the Kansas City Royals by working a walk against reliever Roberto Osuna. That’s when the fun started.

Eric Hosmer stroked a deep single to right that Jose Bautista appeared to cut off the ball to prevent a double, but third base coach Mike Jirshele knew that Bautista tended to throw to second base in such a situation rather than hit the relay man for a play at the plate.

Jirshele decided to wave the hard-charging Lorenzo Cain around third base and send him home. Cain easily scored the lead run to put the Kansas City Royals ahead 4-3.

After some late-inning drama that included a rain delay between the eighth and ninth innings, KC Royals closer Wade Davis managed to earn a five-out save despite allowing a single and two stolen bases to put the tying run on third with no outs in the 9th.

Davis then struck out the next two hitters, before getting AL MVP Josh Donaldson on a grounder to second that gave the Royals their second consecutive AL pennant.

Next: October 27, 2015