"For all the power he has shown in these playoffs, Moustakas was still
asked to drop a sacrifice bunt
to move the pinch-runner Terrance Gore
into scoring position in the ninth inning on Saturday. He did the job,
and Gore scored the winning run."...(near end of article)
Image: "The Royals’ Mike Moustakas
moved pinch-runner Terrance Gore into scoring
position with a bunt in
the ninth. Gore then scored the winning run on a double," European Pressphoto Agency. Final 6-4, Royals over Orioles, ALCS game 2
10/11/14, "Reeling Orioles Look to Right Themselves on the Road," NY Times, Tyler Kepner
walked the bases loaded in the ninth inning of Game 1 and later said he was surprised by the Royals plate discipline; he expected them to
swing more often than they did
. It was a reasonable guess, because the
Royals are an extreme contact-hitting team. Their hitters ranked last in
the majors in strikeouts this season,
with just 985. The next-closest
team, Oakland, struck out 119 more times.
this series, the strikeouts have been nearly even — 17 for the Royals’
hitters, 16 for the Orioles’ hitters. But when Kansas City makes
contact, good fortune follows. An infield single by the speedy Cain led
to a run in the third, and another by Omar Infante led to the go-ahead
run in the ninth, on a double by Alcides Escobar.
do a good job of putting the ball in play, and once that happens, you
can’t control where the balls are, or what happens,” said Darren O’Day,
the losing pitcher in both games. “So credit them for doing that. I
threw some good pitches, but I’ll wear the loss.”
Royals have also hit home runs, another category in which they ranked
last in the major leagues this season.
It had little to do with their
expansive home park, either; the Royals ranked 29th of 30 teams in
homers on the road."...