No. 8 Seventh-Inning Rally in ALCS Game 2
The Kansas City Royals made extra-inning heroics their theme in the 2014 postseason. This time around, they became the kings of the late-inning rally. This isn’t the most famous example, but it’s an underrated one compared to the others.
Facing the possibility of heading to Toronto with the ALCS tied 1-1, the Kansas City Royals rallied against Blue Jays ace David Price. The rally started in the most innocuous way.
Trailing 3-0, Ben Zobrist floated a pop fly into shallow right field. Second baseman Ryan Goins appeared to have it covered but seemed to bail out at the last second. Right fielder Jose Bautista saw the ball fall harmlessly in front of him.
Next came a swift and powerful rally that turned the game on its head.
Lorenzo Cain had a single, Hosmer had a run-scoring single, Kendrys Morales had an RBI-groundout and Mike Moustakas had an RBI-single. Just like that the score was 3-3. Perez struck out, but Gordon doubled to break the tie. Alex Rios completed the outburst with a single to score Gordon.
The Kansas City Royals added another run in the eighth inning. The Blue Jays threatened in the ninth inning with the first two batters reaching base. But—in a sign of things to come—Davis escaped the jam unscathed.