Watch the American League Championship Series close in on a dramatic conclusion live online as the Toronto Blue Jays look to beat the Kansas City Royals once again and take one more step toward becoming the first team to recover from a 3-1 deficit in a seven game series since the Boston Red Sox beat the Cleveland Indians in the 2007 ALCS after losing three of the first four games — a feat accomplished by only 12 teams in Major League history.
But with Game Six on Friday, the series returns to the Royals’ home of Kaufmann Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, where the reigning American League champs can nail down a second straight trip to the World Series with a win in Friday’s game.
After taking a 14-2 clobbering in Game Four at Rogers Centre in Toronto on Tuesday to push them to within one game of elimination, the Blue Jays dusted themselves off and, thanks to a nearly perfect outing from starting pitcher Marco Estrada, returned the favor with a 7-1 win over the Royals to send the series back to Kansas City.
Estrada faced just 22 batters through seven innings before departing with two outs in the eighth having allowed just one run on three hits and a walk. Rookie reliever Roberto Osuna pitched a perfect ninth inning in a non-save situation to nail down the victory.
“I think that’s a recipe for winning — good pitching and timely hitting,” Blue Jays veteran shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said after the Game Five victory. “That’s what we did today. Obviously you try to carry this over to Kansas City. It’s not going to be easy. They have home-field advantage. Our backs are going to be against the wall.”
To find out how to watch the Toronto Blue Jays vs. Kansas City Royals American League Championship Series Game Six live online from Kaufmann Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, see the streaming link in the final paragraph of this article. Game time is set for 7:07 p.m. Central Time, 8:07 p.m. Eastern, and 5:07 Pacific on Friday, October 23.
To keep their season alive at least until a Game Seven, the Blue Jays turn to 30-year-old lefty ace David Price, who despite an 18-5 regular season with an American League-leading 2.45 ERA with both the Detroit Tigers and Toronto — who acquired Price one day before the July 31 trade deadline — the lanky southpaw has been a postseason disappointment.
As a starting pitcher with three different teams, Price has compiled a 0-7 record in the postseason, though he has recorded two wins in relief. His postseason career ERA is a bloated 5.24, compared to a stellar 3.09 in eight regular seasons.
Price started Game Two of the ALCS against the Royals, who roughed him up for five runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings, despite fanning eight times against the probable AL Cy Young Award winner.
In the AL Division Series against the Texas Rangers, Price pitched 10 innings in two games, allowing an alarming eight runs.
The Royals try to punch their ticket to the World Series with 24-year-old Yordano Ventura, who struggled through 5 1/3 innings in Game Two, as Toronto reached him for three runs on eight hits and two walks, though Ventura fanned six as the Royals held on to win anyway, 6-3 in that game.
Can the Toronto Blue Jays win again to force a Game Seven in the AL Championship Series? Or will the Kansas City Royals nail down their second straight ALCS victory and a get the chance to win only the second World Series trophy in team history?
To find out, watch the Toronto Blue Jays vs. Kansas City Royals American League Championship Series Game Six live online from Kansas City, Missouri, by going to Fox Sports Go at this link or downloading the Fox Sports Go app to watch on mobile devices. Fox Sports Go also streams live on the Amazon Fire TV device, allowing fans to watch the Blue Jays vs. Royals game live online on their TV sets.
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