The Kansas City Royals became only the third team in this century to win back to back American League pennants. They travel to New York on Tuesday to take on the Mets in Game One of the 2015 World Series.
The Kansas City Royals won their second American League pennant in a row on Friday night. They defeated the Toronto Blue Jays in Game Six of the American League Championship Series, 4-3. This sets them up for next Tuesday’s Game One of the 2015 World Series where they will face the National League champion New York Mets in New York.
The Royals became only the third team in the 21st Century to win back to back pennants joining both the New York Yankees and the Texas Rangers, according to ESPN. With a three games to two lead in the ALCS, the Royals hoped to close things out in front of 40, 494 rabid home town fans at Kaufman Stadium.
The pain of last year’s World Series is still fresh in the minds of many of the Royals veterans. They took the San Francisco Giants to a seventh game but just could not over come the dominating brilliance of Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. They look to set that right this year against the surprising and red-hot Mets.
The Royals were not going to let anything fall to chance. They had a chance to close out the series in Toronto in Game Five but just didn’t seemed focused enough as the Blue Jays won that game to stay alive. The Royals struck early against Toronto ace David Price. Two solo shots by Ben Zobrist and Mike Mustakis set the tone despite the Blue Jays refusing to go quietly.
The Royals drove across another run in the seventh at were up, 3-1. It looked like enough until the eighth inning. In the eighth, Toronto slugger Jose Bautista launched one over the left field wall with a man on and, suddenly, the game was tied at 3-3. Kaufman Stadium was in a total uproar. But, in the last of the eighth, Lorenzo Cain started things for the Royals as he worked a leadoff walk. Next up, Eric Hosmer, drilled a scorching line drive that rolled and bounced to the right field corner. The speedy Hosmer dashed around the bases and scored. It was enough to give the Royals the pennant.