Royals Beat Orioles, 1 Win Away From the World Series

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If there’s one thing that America loves, it’s a good underdog story. And the 2014 Kansas City Royals are winning the hearts of baseball fans everywhere. After their 2-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles, the Royals are now one win away from heading to the World Series for the first time since 1985.

The Royals have yet to lose a game this postseason, going a perfect 7-0 thus far. The Orioles were a trendy World Series pick after running away with the American League East crown and sweeping the Detroit Tigers in the first round of the playoffs, but they have only lead for 2 innings over the course of this series.

Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen cruised through the first 3 innings, but things got rocky in the 4th. After allowing singles to Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer, Chen walked Billy Butler to load the bases, but did well, limiting Kansas City to just 1 run. In the 6th, Nori Aoki led off with a single, and manager Ned Yost went to the speed game that has served him so well this post season, calling in speedster Jerod Dyson to pinch run. Dyson reached 3rd on a single by Hosmer and scored on a sacrifice fly by Butler, scoring the go-ahead run. After that, Yost went to his trio of shut-down relievers, Kevin Herrera, Wade Davis, and Greg Holland to close the game.

The Royals now have a commanding 3-0 lead in the best of 7 series, and the only team in history to come back from such a deficit was the 2004 Red Sox. “Always feel like the momentum can change,” Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. “If we can get one under our belt and get a few things to work our way, and make some things happen, we feel like we can get it spinning the other way. Otherwise we shouldn’t show up tomorrow.” Kansas City will have a chance to sweep the series at home this afternoon, pitching Jason Vargas against Miguel Gonzales of Baltimore

[via  The Boston Globe]

Tommy Messina | News Cult