2014 American League Championship Series
|MVP:||Lorenzo Cain (Kansas City)|
|TV announcers:||Ernie Johnson, Jr., Ron Darling, Cal Ripken, Jr., Matt Winer, Mike Bordick and Steve Physioc|
|Radio announcers:||Jon Sciambi and Chris Singleton|
|Umpires:||Joe West (crew chief), Tim Timmons (Games 1–2), Marvin Hudson, Ron Kulpa, Mark Wegner, Brian Gorman, Paul Emmel (Games 3–4)|
|ALDS:||Baltimore Orioles over Detroit Tigers (3–0)|
|Kansas City Royals over Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (3–0)|
|2014 World Series|
The 2014 American League Championship Series was a best-of-seven playoff pitting the Baltimore Orioles against the Kansas City Royals for the American League pennant and the right to play in the 2014 World Series. The Royals won the series four games to zero. The series was the 45th in league history with TBS airing all games in the United States.
To reach the 2014 ALCS, the Orioles (East Division champions, 96–66) defeated the Tigers (Central Division champions, 90–72) in the ALDS, 3 games to 0. The Royals (Wild Card, 89–73) defeated the Oakland Athletics in the AL Wild Card Game and then defeated the Angels (West Division champions, 98–64) in the ALDS, 3 games to 0.
It was the first postseason meeting between the two teams in Major League Baseball history.
- Baltimore Orioles vs Kansas City Royals 1.1
Game summaries 2
- Game 1 2.1
- Game 2 2.2
- Game 3 2.3
- Game 4 2.4
- Composite line score 3
- References 4
- External links 5
Baltimore Orioles vs Kansas City RoyalsKansas City won the series, 4–0.
|1||October 10||Kansas City Royals – 8, Baltimore Orioles – 6 (10 inn.)||Oriole Park at Camden Yards||4:37||47,124|
|2||October 11||Kansas City Royals – 6, Baltimore Orioles – 4||Oriole Park at Camden Yards||4:17||46,912|
|3||October 14^||Baltimore Orioles – 1, Kansas City Royals – 2||Kauffman Stadium||2:55||40,183|
|4||October 15||Baltimore Orioles – 1, Kansas City Royals – 2||Kauffman Stadium||2:56||40,468|
^: postponed from October 13 due to rain
WP: Wade Davis (1–0) LP: Darren O'Day (0–1) Sv: Greg Holland (1)
KC: Alcides Escobar (1), Alex Gordon (1), Mike Moustakas (1)
The Royals drew first blood in a back-and-forth opener that featured high offensive output from both teams. After hitting just three home runs in the regular season, Alcides Escobar hit a one out, solo homer to left to give the Royals a 1–0 lead. Later in the inning, with the bases loaded, Alex Gordon hit a looping fly ball that dropped just fair inside the right-field line to plate all three runners. Suddenly, it was 4–0 Kansas City. Baltimore got a run back in the bottom of the inning on Adam Jones' RBI-single, but it could have been more had it not been for a great diving catch by Gordon in the left-center field gap, robbing Steven Pearce of a hit. In the bottom of the fifth, the Orioles finally got to James Shields. Nelson Cruz added to his postseason legacy with an RBI-double and Ryan Flaherty delivered a two-run single to make it a one-run game, 5–4. In the sixth, after a walk to Jonathan Schoop and a flare single to right by Nick Markakis, Alejandro De Aza hit a high chopper past the pitcher's mound that shortstop Escobar had no play on; Schoop scored to tie the game. Jones hit what appeared to be a double play ball, but Mike Moustaskas' relay throw short-hopped first baseman Eric Hosmer and the inning continued to bring up Cruz. He could not deliver the big hit this time as he rolled into an inning-ending double play.
The game turned to the bullpens, genuinely decided to be a strength for both teams, but in the top of the ninth, Orioles' reliever Zach Britton struggled to find the strike zone, walking the first three batters; at one point, Britton missed with twelve straight pitches. Britton then got out of the jam by getting Hosmer on a force play at home, before getting Butler to hit into a double play to keep the game tied heading to the bottom of the ninth.
Wade Davis finished a strong outing by striking out the heart of the Orioles' lineup in the bottom of the ninth, and Game 1 was headed to extra innings. Alex Gordon's postseason breakout was complete when his tenth inning fly landed over the top of the high right-field wall to give Kansas City a 6–5 lead, but they weren't done yet. Salvador Perez reached on a walk, then Moustakas launched his third home run of the playoffs, giving the Royals a three-run lead.
Royals' closer Greg Holland got the first two outs in the bottom of the tenth, but then gave up a single to Flaherty. Pinch-hitter Jimmy Paredes reached on a walk, then Delmon Young delivered a pinch-hit single to make it a two-run game. Holland would then get Markakis to ground out to second, ending the game.
WP: Wade Davis (2–0) LP: Darren O'Day (0–2) Sv: Greg Holland (2)
KC: Mike Moustakas (2)
BAL: Adam Jones (1)
WP: Jason Frasor (1–0) LP: Wei-Yin Chen (0–1) Sv: Greg Holland (3)
The Royals won Game 3, 2–1, with Billy Butler's sacrifice fly in the sixth inning that drove in the go-ahead run.
WP: Jason Vargas (1–0) LP: Miguel González (0–1) Sv: Greg Holland (4)
BAL: Ryan Flaherty (1)
The Royals extended their postseason win streak to 11 games, dating back to Game 5 of the 1985 World Series. In their 2–1 win in Game 4, Jason Vargas and the Kansas City bullpen limited Baltimore to only Ryan Flaherty's home run and four hits.
Composite line score2014 ALCS (4–0): Kansas City Royals over Baltimore Orioles
|Kansas City Royals||4||0||5||2||1||1||0||0||2||3||18||37||2|
|Total attendance: 174,687 Average attendance: 43,672|
- "Nelson Cruz homer all Orioles need to sweep Tigers, advance to ALCS". espn.com. Associated Press. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
- "Royals claim ALCS berth with sweep of regular-season-best Angels". espn.com. Associated Press. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
- "Boxscore:Kansas City vs. Baltimore - October 10, 2014". Retrieved October 10, 2014.
- "Boxscore:Kansas City vs. Baltimore - October 11, 2014". Retrieved October 11, 2014.
- "Boxscore:Baltimore vs. Kansas City - October 14, 2014". Retrieved October 14, 2014.
- "Boxscore:Baltimore vs. Kansas City - October 15, 2014". Retrieved October 15, 2014.
- "Alex Gordon's tiebreaking HR in 10th helps Royals take ALCS Game 1". espn.com. Associated Press. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
- "Alcides Escibar Stats, News, Bios, Pictures". espn.com. ESPN. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
- "Royals beat Orioles 6-4 for 2-0 lead in ALCS". espn.com. Associated Press. Retrieved October 12, 2014.
- "Royals edge Orioles to move within 1 win of World Series berth". espn.com. Associated Press. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
- "Royals hold off Orioles 2-1, finish ALCS sweep". espn.com. Associated Press. Retrieved October 15, 2014.
- 2014 Postseason Schedule at MLB.com
- 2014 MLB postseason schedule at ESPN
- 2014 American League Championship Series at Baseball Reference