Saturday, 24 October 2015

Blue Jays vs. Royals: Game 6 Score and Twitter Reaction from 2015 MLB Playoffs

The Kansas City Royals dodged questionable managerial decision-making, a rain delay and a fierce Toronto Blue Jays comeback to take Game 6 of the American League Championship Series, 4-3, and set up a World Series showdown with the New York Mets.  
With Friday's game tied 3-3 following a 45-minute rain delay in the middle of the eighth inning, the Royals responded with a single to deep right from Eric Hosmer that drove in the speedy Lorenzo Cain all the way from first. According to Fox Sports, Hosmer's clutch RBI tied him with George Brett for the franchise's postseason record (23). Closer Wade Davis took the mound in the ninth and induced a Josh Donaldson groundout to cap things off, but the final frame was engulfed in drama. Toronto had the game's tying run on third and go-ahead run on first with none out, but Davis eventually settled down and retired the next three batters to send Kansas City to its second World Series in as many years. However, Davis' path to glory in the ninth wasn't without controversy. 
The Blue Jays' hopes were fading entering the bottom of the seventh inning, but Ben Revere kept his team afloat by robbing what would have been an extra-base hit off the bat of Royals catcher Salvador Perez.  Revere then reached base on an infield single to start the eighth inning before Jose Bautista stepped to the plate and delivered a two-run shot to left field off reliever Ryan Madson to tie things at three.Combined with his solo home run in the fourth inning, Bautista became the first player in Blue Jays history to hit multiple home runs in a playoff game, per Sportsnet's Shi Davidi. SportsCenter added that the "last time a player hit a game-tying or go-ahead HR in 8th inning or later of Game 6 or 7 in ALCS was Aaron Boone in 2003."
The question—which was raised by Fox Sports' Rob Neyer—regarded Yost's decision to bring Madson in to face Bautista when Davis was well-equipped to do so: 

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