The second game of the American League Championship Series between the Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays began just after 4 p.m. (EST) on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals lead the best-of-seven playoff series 1-0.
First Inning - Score: 0-0
It was a good start for K.C. starter Alcides Escobar, who retired the first three Toronto batters in order.
Toronto starter David Price allowed a first pitch single to Alcides Escobar who was then erased at second base on a fielder's choice. Lorenzo Cain flew out and Eric Hosmer struck out.
Second Inning - Score: 0-0
A promising start for Toronto with back-to-back singles by Edwin Encarnacion and Chris Colabello. Troy Tulowitzki strikes out. Escobar, the K.C. shortstop, makes a great diving stab of a ball off the bat of Toronto's Russell Martin for the second out. Escobar then flips the ball to Ben Zobrist covering at second base to double-off Encarnacion for the double play to end the inning.
Price enjoys a three-up, three down bottom half.
Third Inning - Score: 1-0, Toronto
The bottom order of the lineup comes through for Toronto, starting with Kevin Pillar, the No. 8 hitter. Pillar doubles to right-field leading off and then scores the game's first run on another double by Ryan Goins, this one to left.
Price continues to plow through the K.C. batting order, retiring Alex Gordon, Alex Rios and then Escobar for his second straight three-up, three down inning. Price has now retired nine straight.
Fourth Inning – Score: 1-0, Toronto
A relatively quiet top of the fourth for the Blue Jays with the only damage caused by Troy Tulowitzki, who fared a soft line drive into left field with two out. Tulowitzki would be stranded after a Russell Martin ground out.
Price continues to dominate, his third consecutive three-up, three-down frame. He now has four strikeouts in the game after fanning Ben Zobrist and Eric Hosmer.
Fifth Inning – Score: 1-0, Toronto
Ventura continues to pitch well for K.C. with a three-up, three-down top of the fifth.
Price received a nice defensive play from Josh Donaldson, who leapt up to snare a cruise missile of a line drive off the bat of Kendrys Morales for the first out. Two more outs then followed and Price has now retired 15 straight.
Sixth Inning – Score: 3-0, Toronto
The Blue Jays have something going with Josh Donaldson legging out an infield single to the shortstop and then moving to second base with none out after Ventura walks Jose Bautista. Edwin Encarnacion then shoots a ground ball just under the glove of a diving Escobar at short that continues on into left field that scores Donaldson. Troy Tulowitzki then strokes a one-out double into the right field corner that brings Bautista home from second. A Russell Martin walk loads the bases and that's the end of the day for Ventura, who is yanked in favour of Luke Hochevar, who retires the next two batters to get out of the jam nicely.
Price was, well, like Price in the bottom half of the inning, striking out the side, including Alex Gordon and Alex Rios looking. That's still just one hit for the Royals, all the way back to the first inning when Escobar led off with a single.
Seventh Inning – Score: 5-3, Kansas City
Lefty Danny Duffy started the inning on the mound for the Royals and he retired all three batters he faced, including Jose Bautista who was caught looking at third strike. Bautista could not believe the third strike call and took a pose on his haunches in disbelief, his hands clasping his batting helmet.
The Royals started to rumble, beginning with a leadoff hit by Ben Zobrist, a play where Ryan Goins, the Toronto second baseman, and Jose Bautista, the rightfielder, got their signals crossed up. It was a soft pop-up into shallow right that Goins appeared to have a bead on, only to hit the deck at the last minute with Bautista rushing in. The ball fell between Goins and Bautista for a single. Lorenzo Cain then singled followed by a third consecutive hit by Eric Hosmer that scored the Royals first run. Kendrys Morales then hit into a fielder's choice that scored Cain from third. And when Mike Moustakas took Price into rightfield for a single, Hosmer rumbled all the way home from second base to tie the score. With Moustakas at second, Price then allowed a two-out double by Alex Gordon that scored the go-ahead run. Price's day was over after that, making way for reliever Aaron Sanchez, who allowed the sixth hit of the inning off the bat of Alex Rios to plate the fifth run of the inning for the Royals.
Eighth Inning – Score: 6-3, Kansas City
With Kelvin Herrera now on the mound for K.C., Chris Colabello knocked a one-out double to left. Herrera rebounded to get Troy Tulowitzki on a fly out and then Russell Martin on a strike out to strand the Toronto baserunner.
Aaron Sanchez started his second inning on the mound for Toronto and issued a one-out walk to Lorenzo Cain. With Aaron Loup the new Toronto pitcher, Cain was erased trying to steal second. Loup then issued consecutive walks to Eric Hosmer and Kendrys Morales before Mike Moustakas singled down the rightfield line to score the sixth K.C. run.
Ninth Inning – Score: 6-3, Kansas City (Final)
With Wade Davis on the mound, Kevin Pillar singled and moved to second on a walk by pinch hitter Cliff Pennington to give the Blue Jays some hope. Ben Revere then struck out taking a mighty cut as did Josh Donaldson. Bautista then flew out to right field to end it.