Kansas City Royals: Revisiting the 2015 ALCS Game 4

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To start off the first, Alcides Escobar continued his hot streak with a single to reach first. Following up quickly was Ben Zobrist with a two-run home run. Dickey then allowed a walk to Lorenzo Cain, who quickly stole second, and then reached third on a single from Eric Hosmer. Cain ran in for the score on a passed ball to Kendrys Morales, also advancing Hosmer to second.

After a groundout fro Morales, Mike Moustakas kept the line moving with a sacrifice fly, allowing Hosmer to score. Dickey closed out the top of the first with a strikeout to Salvador Perez, but the damage had already been done. Young started the bottom of the first strong for the Kansas City Royals. He allowed Josh Donaldson to walk with one out, but answered with two more outs, recording three strikeouts in the first.

In the top of the second, the Royals hoped they could keep scoring and making a comeback less likely for Toronto. With one out, Alex Rios knocked a home run into the stands. After Dickey followed up by hitting Escobar with a pitch, getting Zobrist out and walking Cain, the Blue Jays decided to replace him with Liam Hendriks. To get out of the top of the second, Escobar was picked off at second. Young followed up with retiring three batters in order, leaving the score at 5-0 Royals.

The Royals started to quiet down in the top of the third. Liam Hendriks was able to pull the game back on track, recording three outs on three batters. In the bottom of the third, Young started to get a little shaky. With one out, Ryan Goins hit a single to left, followed by a walk to Ben Revere. Josh Donaldson then smashed a ground-rule double, allowing Goins to score and Revere to reach third.

Jose Bautista stepped up to bat, hitting into a groundout but allowing Revere to reach home. Young pulled it together and ended the inning with a lineout from Edwin Encarnacion, stopping any further damage and holding the score at 5-2, Kansas City Royals.