Morales’ Homer Helps Beat Astros, Royals-Blue Jays ALCS Rematch From 1985
Looking for a chance to move on to face the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League Championship Series, the Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals are playing their series-deciding Game 5 of the AL Divisional Series Wednesday night in Kauffman Stadium.
— Brian T. Smith (@ChronBrianSmith) October 15, 2015
Johnny Cueto, who came over from Cincinnati midseason, got the start for the Royals despite his incredible inconsistency this season. He gave up a two-run homer to Luis Valbuena in the second inning, but he settled down after that.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) October 15, 2015
The Royals answered back in the fourth inning when Eric Hosmer knocked in the speedy Lorenzo Cain to make it a 2-1 game after centerfielder Carlos Gomez slipped and fell going after the ball.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) October 15, 2015
The Royals continued their scoring in the fifth inning, as they continue to play small ball and move batters from station to station.
In the fifth inning, Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon, two of the veteran homegrown Royals, scored on a double by Alex Rios, whom they signed this offseason. And their in-season veteran acquisition, Ben Zobrist, brought in Rios with a sacrifice fly.
The Royals' former Brewers are doing better than the Astros' former Brewers are tonight.
— Matt McManus (@mmcmanus13) October 15, 2015
Astros ace Dallas Kuechel came in to pitch the eighth inning, but Kendrys Morales greeted him with a three-run bomb to break this game open.
— Royals (@Royals) October 15, 2015
Wade Davis came in and took care of the ninth inning with ease -- and the Royals are headed back to the American League Championship Series for the second time in two seasons!
Royals-Blue Jays is rematch of 1985 ALCS. Royals came back from 3-1 deficit that year on way to winning World Series pic.twitter.com/hzwPcKX9rS
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 15, 2015
Not only was Cueto solid in this game, but the former Reds ace retired the final 19 batters he faced, making him the first AL pitcher to do that in a postseason game since Don Larsen pitched his perfect game in 1956.
— Dan Matthews (@danielmatthews) October 15, 2015
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