The Kansas City Royals absolutely hammered the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series held at the Rogers Centre in Toronto tonight. Over 49,000 people attended the game. Some fans were left with a sense of disappointment over the Blue Jays’ poor showing.
In the 1985 ALCS the Jays had a 3-1 series lead over KC and lost – just saying.
— Steven D'Souza (@cbcsteve) October 21, 2015
Sent my Dad to tonight's game. Was disappointed for him with Jays result. He just told me how happy he was to see @BlueJays. Fan since 77
— Matt (@Lethbridge_1) October 21, 2015
Kansas City took Toronto out back of the woodshed this evening, winning 14-2 and outhitting the Blue Jays 15-7, according to Yahoo Sports. Kansas began their relentless assault in the first inning and kept it up through the ninth. It would appear that this evening, at least, the Toronto Blue Jays never had a shot.
Alex Rio furthered the Kansas City carnage by a run with a spectacular, soaring home run to deep center field. Bringing the score to 5-0.
Toronto was finally able to muster a return salvo in in the bottom of the third inning. Jose Bautista and Josh Donalson scored Blue Jays’ RBIs that would prove to be the team’s last for the evening.
In the top of the seventh inning, the Kansas City dominance continued. Four more runs, earned by hard-played baseball: an Alcides Escobar sacrifice fly, as well as smart base running on a wild pitch allowing Alex Gordon to reach home and Paulo Orlando to advance. Lorenzo Cain hit a single and Eric Hosmer hit a sacrifice pop fly, bringing the Royals ahead by 9-2.
First, came an Alcides Escobar sacrifice, bringing Salvador Perez home. Then, Lorenzo Cain hit a single that generated two RBIs and put the Royals ahead 12-2.
The Royals scored two more runs in the ninth inning. An Alcides Escobar single earned him two RBIs.
Escobar’s runs were the last of the night.
The Kansas City Royals won, 14-2 and took a commanding 3-1 lead in the ALCS series. As Steven D’Souza with the CBC notes, the Blue Jays had a similar lead over Kansas City in the 1985 ALCS, and went on to lose. Perhaps, if this is any sort of precedent, Toronto can come back tomorrow at 4:07 p.m. in a do-or-die game for the Blue Jays, and pull out a win.
The win to went to Kansas City pitcher Luke Hoochever, who pitched 1.1 innings and allowed zero runs. Kansas City’s Chris Young pitched for 4.2 innings and allowed 2 runs.
Volquez has a 1-1 win/loss record in the post season and a 2.11 ERA. Volquez had a 3.55 ERA through the 2015 regular season. Estrada is 1-1 with a 3.09 post-season ERA. Estrada’s regular season ERA was 3.13 over 13 wins and 8 losses.
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