Take the Crown

Royals win series 4-2 and advance to World Series.

Megan Hegarty, Co-Editor

Game 6 of the ALCS.

After losing 2 of 3 in Toronto, the Royals were winning the series 3-2 when they came back to Kansas City for the end of the series.

The Blue Jays ace, pitcher David Price, was on the mound. He’s one of the best pitchers in the AL with a 2.45 regular season ERA, but the Royals managed 5 runs in Price’s last inning in game 2, going on to win the game 6-3.

That being said, Kansas City knew they had a challenge ahead of them in game 6.

Second-baseman Ben Zobrist hit a homerun in the bottom of the first, and third-baseman Mike Moustakas followed with a controversial home run in the second. A fan caught the ball right as it got to the top of the fence, leaving everyone speculating if the hit was truly a home run or just a ground rule double with fan interference.

Toronto challenged the call but it stood, with no evidence to confirm or overturn the original ruling,

That was the first of a few major things to go the Royals’ way.

Blue Jays right fielder hit a homerun to left-center in the 4th, making the score 2-1.

The Royals struck again in the bottom of the 7th, on a single by Alex Rios.

In the 8th inning, a storm was looming on the horizon, causing manager Ned Yost to pitch reliever Ryan Madson instead of the ace Wade Davis, hoping to use Davis after the inevitable rain delay.

Unfortunately, Madson gave up two runs on a Bautista home run, tying the game. Davis had to come in to pitch anyway, getting the final out of the top of the 8th.

In the bottom of the inning, outfielder Lorenzo Cain was walked after a full count. First-basemen Eric Hosmer was up to bat.

Hosmer singled into the right field corner and Cain was off like a bullet. Cain scored from first, putting the Royals in the lead 4-3.

As soon as the 8th inning ended, a 45-minute rain delay began. One to two inning relievers like Davis rarely, if ever, came back to pitch after a long break like that. The situation that Yost was trying to avoid was happening right before his eyes.

Against all odds, Davis came back to pitch the top of the 9th inning. 3 outs and the Royals would be American League Champions.

Toronto catcher Russell Martin singled on Davis’ first pitch, and then proceeded to steal 2nd and 3rd base.

Things were not looking good, and people were left wondering if Davis returning for the 9th inning was a mistake.

After Davis walked Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar, Pillar stole 2nd base as Davis struck out pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro. The Blue Jays had runners on second and third with only one out.

The tension in Kauffman Stadium was rising and everyone in the stadium was getting anxious.

Davis was getting into his rhythm after the rain delay and struck out outfielder Ben Revere. The Royals were one out away from winning the series, but the Toronto 3rd baseman Josh Donaldson is one of the Blue Jays most consistent hitters, and not the person the Royals wanted up to bat in this situation.

Donaldson grounds out, and the final out is recorded. The stadium erupts in cheers and the Royals are ALCS champions for the second year in a row. After winning the ALDS against all odds, the Royals have done it again.

Next stop: the World Series.