This is a problem Ned Yost won’t mind having.
If his Royals beat the Blue Jays in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series on Wednesday, they’d spray champagne and celebrate in the visitor’s clubhouse at Rogers Centre, then head back home to Kansas City, and across an international border. Which could be interesting, Yost told MLB Network Radio.
“I told the coaches today, if we can win this game, it’s going to be really really fun watching 35 drunk guys try to get through customs,” he said. “That’s what I’m hoping to see.”
First 3-1 lead
Oddly, the Royals had never held a three games to one lead in a postseason series before this year. This ALCS was the Royals’ fifth seven-game series in franchise history.
The Royals trailed three games to one in two such series, the 1985 ALCS and World Series, in which they won the final three games. In 2014, the Royals swept the Orioles in four games in the ALCS and were tied with the Giants 2-2 after four games of the World Series, which they lost in seven games.
Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar was retired in his leadoff at-bat Wednesday for the first time in the ALCS but singled in the fourth inning, giving him 35 career postseason hits, tying Willie Wilson for second place in Royals history. George Brett holds the franchise record with 45. Escobar has hit safely in 22 of his 25 career postseason games.
Ben Zobrist and Lorenzo Cain struck out after Escobar in the first, meaning the Royals did not produce a baserunner in the first inning for the first time in 21 postseason games. The last time the Royals went down 1-2-3 in the first without getting a runner on base was against the Los Angeles Angels’ Matt Shoemaker in Game 2 of the 2014 AL Division Series.