Kansas City Royals: Revisiting the 2015 ALCS Game 4

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Toronto left Tepera in to pitch the top of the eighth, and the Kansas City Royals decided they weren’t finished just yet. With one out, Perez doubled to left, followed by a walk from Gordon, and a single from Orlando. Escobar got the second out of the inning, but it was on a sacrifice fly allowing Perez to score. The Royals continued to strike with a single from Zobrist and a single from Cain, allowing Gordon and Orlando to score.

Toronto replaced Tepera with Mark Lowe, who struck out Hosmer to end the top of the eighth. In the bottom of the eighth, the Royals made multiple changes, bringing Kelvin Herrera in to replace Madson, Drew Butera in to replace Perez at catcher and Jarrod Dyson in to replace Cain in Center. Herrera closed out the eighth, giving up a single to Revere but retiring the next three, keeping the Royals on top 12-2.

Mark Lowe continued in the top of the ninth for the Blue Jays, hoping for a quick inning. He gave up a single to Morales but followed up with two recorded outs. He hit Gordon with a pitch and was replaced by Cliff Pennington. Pennington allowed a single to Orlando, loading the bases for an Escobar single which drove in Morales and Gordon for two more. Pennington recorded the final out with a pop fly from Zobrist.

To end the game, the Royals brought in Franklin Morales. Other than a single to Dalton Pompey, Morales closed out the game with no further score from Toronto, securing the Royals win 14-2.

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With a huge win over the Blue Jays, the Royals extended their lead and put themselves in a great spot to advance to the World Series. Before they could advance, though, they had to play another game on the Blue Jays’ home turf. The Royals needed another huge night of runs to get past Toronto as they put Edinson Volquez against the Jays Marco Estrada.