Kansas City Royals: Revisiting the 2015 ALCS Game 6

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The Kansas City Royals get to return to Kauffman Stadium for Game 6 but will have to quiet down the Blue Jays bats if they want to prevent a Game 7.

The Kansas City Royals still had hopes of making it to the World Series for the second year in a row, but they would have to stop the Blue Jays first. After winning the first two games of the series, the Royals went back and forth with Toronto, finding themselves in Game 6, up 3-2 in the ALCS.

The Royals bats had been hot the entire series until the Blue Jays stopped them in Game 5. The Jays won Game 5 7-1 behind an outstanding performance from Marco Estrada. If the Royals wanted to advance to the World Series and finish the ALCS without a Game 7, they had to get back on track and put some runs on the board.

Game 6 would present a similar matchup from an earlier ALCS game. For Toronto, David Price got the start. The veteran Price had put together an outstanding 2019, going 9-1 with an ERA of 2.30 in his half-season with Toronto, and recording 220 innings with 225 strikeouts with both Toronto and Detroit. For the Royals, the young Yordano Ventura got the start. Ventura put together a decent 2015 season, going 13-8 with an ERA of 4.08 over 163 innings.

While a loss in Game 6 did not mean the end of the ALCS, the Royals did not want the series to come down to a winner takes all Game 7. The Royals knew they needed to come to play and put points on the board fast. A win in Game 6 meant not only the second Pennant in two years, but it meant a second trip to the World Series and a chance for the Kansas City Royals to finally be champions again.

On October 23, 2015, in front of 40,494 fans in Kauffman Stadium, Game 6 of the ALCS got started.