Saturday, October 24, 2015

Wade Davis Hurls Royals to World Series in 4-3 Win over Blue Jays

Players of the Day for Friday, October 23, 2015

American League

Davis wins clincher
Despite two homers from Jose Bautista, the Kansas City Royals ousted the Toronto Blue Jays, winning game six of the ALCS, 4-3, and will advance to the World Series.

Eric Hosmer drove in Lorenzo Cain with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth, after Bautista tied the game at 3-3 with his second home run of the game - a two-run blast - in the top of the frame.

Once the Royals had reclaimed the lead, the Blue Jays did not go away quietly, however. Wade Davis, who entered the game with one out in the eighth, worked the ninth for Kansas City, allowing a leadoff single to Russell Martin.

Dalton Pompey ran for Martin, promptly stealing second and third. After a walk to Pillar, Davis bore down, fanning pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro and Ben Revere, then getting Josh Donaldson to ground out to third to end the game.

Davis, who saved 17 games for Kansas City during the regular season and had three in the post-season, picked up the win, his first in the series.

National League

There were no National League games on Friday, as the Mets swept the Cubs and were waiting to see who they would play in the World Series.

The best-of-seven series begins on Tuesday, October 27, with games one and two being played in Kansas City. Games three, four, and, if necessary, five would be at Citi Field in New York. The series would conclude in Kansas City if it goes six or seven.

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