10/10/14, "The Royals’ Alex Gordon hit a
broken-bat double to drive in three runs in the third inning of Game 1
of the A.L.C.S. He also homered in the 10th," European Pressphoto Agency. Final in 10 innings, 8-6 Royals
10/11/14, "Royals Keep Magic Alive, Beating Orioles With Homers in the 10th,
" NY Times, David Waldstein
"Amid a sea of waving orange towels and unwavering hope, a new era of baseball arrived at Camden Yards on Friday.
The Baltimore Orioles
and the Kansas City Royals
two cornerstones of early American League expansion, had never played
each other in the postseason, despite
distinct periods of success in
both towns, especially in the 1970s.
the first 17 years after the playoff format was introduced in 1969, one
or the other team was in the American League Championship Series in all
but four of those years, though neither had been to the Championship
Series in a very long time.
in the top of the 10th Alex Gordon hit a leadoff home run
O’Day and Mike Moustakas added a two-run shot off Brian Matusz. The
Orioles scored a run in the bottom of the 10th, but the Royals held on
for an 8-6 victory in Game 1 of the A.L.C.S.
surging Royals, who won their first two games of the division series
with extra-inning home runs, became the first team to hit three go-ahead
home runs in extra innings in a single postseason.
homer helped make up for the fact that the Royals had the bases loaded
with nobody out in the top of the ninth but failed to score. Zach
Britton, the Orioles reliever, walked three straight batters, throwing
12 consecutive balls. But Eric Hosmer hit into a fielder’s choice.
the side-arming right-hander, replaced Britton
and got Billy Butler to
hit into a double play — shortstop J. J. Hardy to second baseman
Jonathan Schoop and on to Steve Pearce as the announced crowd of 47,124
roared its approval, at least for a short while.
teams carried momentum into the series, with neither losing a
postseason game entering this series. The Orioles, who last competed
the pennant in 1997, swept the Detroit Tigers in the division round.
The Royals, whose last appearance in the playoffs came in 1985, the year
they won the World Series, did the same to the Los Angeles Angels after
beating the Oakland Athletics in a dramatic, extra-inning wild-card
for this unprecedented matchup began with tens of thousands of Orioles
fans dressed in black and orange, swarming the streets around the
stadium for hours in advance, and then bringing the stadium to life with
their energetic cheers once the game began.
light rain started falling in the middle innings
, but the game went on,
with Chris Tillman, the starting pitcher of the Orioles, facing the
Royals’ James Shields.
Royals were the first to score as Alcides Escobar homered to left field
off Tillman in the third inning. Kansas City would score three more
times in the inning, even after Tillman came within inches of ending the
inning with the bases loaded and only one run in."...