1Royals win replay challenge
Yordano Ventura breezed through the opening inning, inducing a ground-out before striking out Public Enemy No. 2, Josh Donaldson. The boos increased when Jose Bautista came to the plate, but he grounded out. Alcides Escobar opened the Royals’ half with single (of course he did), but Zobrist hit into a fielder’s choice. It was initially ruled a double play, but the Royals challenged and won. Lorenzo Cain flied to center and Eric Hosmer struck out.
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Edwin Encarnacion and Chris Colabello hit consecutive singles and the Blue Jays appeared to be in business. However, Ventura struck out Troy Tulowitzki. Russell Martin hit a line drive toward short. Encarnacion ducked while running and the ball shot over him, but Escobar made a splendid diving catch and flipped to Zobrist for the double play. The Royals didn’t hit the ball out of the infield against Price.
Kevin Pillar’s fly to right-center just eluded the grasp of Alex Rios to start the inning. Ryan Goins, who was hitting .050 in the playoffs, didn’t bunt. Instead he ripped a double past Mike Moustakas down the left-field line for a double. Ventura limited the damage. Ben Revere struck out, Donaldson grounded out and Bautista flied harmlessly to center. The Royals didn’t have a base runner against Price in their half of the frame.
4Price is right on
Tulowitzki’s two-out single just cleared Escobar, who ran into short left field and made a jumping attempt at a catch — with his bare hand. Nothing came of it as Russell Martin grounded to third. Meanwhile, Price continued to make short work of the Royals. Strikeouts of Zobrist and Hosmer were sandwiched around Cain’s ground-out to short.
5Royals make contact
Ventura had no trouble with Pillar and Goins this time around, recording a pop-up and a strikeout. Ben Revere hit a ball hard to left, but it was right at Gordon. The Royals didn’t have a hit, but it was their best inning against Price. Kendrys Morales smashed a bullet to third baseman Josh Donaldson, Moustakas hit a ball well to center and Perez’s grounder to short had some speed behind it.
6Jays pad their lead
Ventura threw 31 pitches in the inning, giving up three hits and two walks with one strikeout. Two runs had scored and Toronto had the bases loaded when Luke Hochevar was summoned from the bullpen. He got Pillar to pop up to Zobrist and Goins to ground to Hosmer. Price was had his best inning, striking out the side. Gordon and Rios went down looking and Rios in particular was displeased with home umpire Laz Diaz.
7Price is wrong
Danny Duffy was the man in the seventh inning. He set down Revere on a grounder to short, Donaldson a fly to center and struck out Bautista looking, which was greatly appreciated by nearly all of the 40,357 in attendance. Zobrist popped up to start the inning and slammed his bat in disgust. It was premature. Goins went back from second base and Bautista came in from right and the ball fell between them thanks a miscommunication. Who knew that was the match that would light the fuse? Here’s what followed: Cain single, Hosmer RBI single, Morales RBI ground-out, Moustakas RBI single, Perez strikeout and an Alex Gordon RBI double. That finished Price and Aaron Sanchez relieved. Rios drilled a single that scored Gordon and the Royals had a 5-3 lead.
Kelvin Herrera wasn’t as dominating as in Game 1, but he wasn’t fazed by a one-out double by Colabello. Tulowitzki followed with a fly-out to right and Martin struck out. Cain drew a one-out walk but was caught stealing after Aaron Loup came on to pitch. Homser and Morales then drew consecutive walks and Moustakas laced a single to right that scored Hosmer.
9The Wade Davis Experience
Toronto showed some fight as Pillar singled off Wade Davis and pinch-hitter Cliff Pennington drew a walk on a 3-2 pitch. But Davis struck out Revere. Then he struck out Donaldson. And Bautista flied out harmlessly to right field. And there was much joy at Kauffman Stadium.