2015 American League Championship Series

2015 American League Championship Series

2015 American League Championship Series
Dates: October 16–23
MVP: Alcides Escobar (Kansas City)
Television: United States:
Canada:
TV announcers: Joe Buck,[1] Harold Reynolds, Tom Verducci, Ken Rosenthal, and Erin Andrews
Radio: ESPN
Radio announcers: Dan Shulman and Aaron Boone
Umpires: John Hirschbeck (crew chief), Laz Díaz, Dan Iassogna, Jeff Nelson, Tony Randazzo (Games 1–2), Jim Reynolds (Games 3–6), and Hunter Wendelstedt
ALDS: Kansas City Royals beat Houston Astros (3–2)
  Toronto Blue Jays beat Texas Rangers (3–2)
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2015 World Series

The 2015 American League Championship Series was a best-of-seven playoff contested between the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals for the American League (AL) pennant and the right to play in the 2015 World Series. The series is the 46th in league history. The series was broadcast by Fox and Fox Sports 1 in the United States, with Fox airing Game 1 and Fox Sports 1 airing Games 2–6. Sportsnet, a property of Blue Jays owner Rogers Communications, simulcast Fox and Fox Sports 1's coverage in Canada. Game 1 took place on October 16, and the series ended with the Royals winning Game 6 on October 23.[2]

This was the second ALCS matchup between Kansas City and Toronto; the Royals defeated the Blue Jays in seven games in the 1985 ALCS.

Contents

  • Background 1
  • Summary 2
  • Game summaries 3
    • Game 1 3.1
    • Game 2 3.2
    • Game 3 3.3
    • Game 4 3.4
    • Game 5 3.5
    • Game 6 3.6
    • Composite line score 3.7
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Background

The Kansas City Royals finished the season with a 95–67 record, winning the American League Central division title for the first time since that division was created in 1994. Their season win total was the most since winning 97 games in 1980. The Royals defeated the Houston Astros in five games in the ALDS, advancing to their second straight ALCS and seventh overall.

The Toronto Blue Jays made it to the postseason for the first time since 1993, finishing the season 93–69 to clinch the American League East title. The Blue Jays made it to the ALDS for the first time in team history, and overcame a 2–0 deficit to defeat the Texas Rangers in five games. It is their first ALCS appearance since 1993, and sixth overall.

The Blue Jays won four of seven games against the Royals in the 2015 regular season.

Summary

Kansas City won the series, 4–2.
Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 16 Toronto Blue Jays – 0, Kansas City Royals – 5 Kauffman Stadium 3:15 39,753[3] 
2 October 17 Toronto Blue Jays – 3, Kansas City Royals – 6 Kauffman Stadium 3:19 40,357[4] 
3 October 19 Kansas City Royals – 8, Toronto Blue Jays – 11 Rogers Centre 3:13 49,751[5] 
4 October 20 Kansas City Royals – 14, Toronto Blue Jays – 2 Rogers Centre 3:39 49,501[6] 
5 October 21 Kansas City Royals – 1, Toronto Blue Jays – 7 Rogers Centre 2:56 49,325[7] 
6 October 23 Toronto Blue Jays – 3, Kansas City Royals – 4 Kauffman Stadium 3:42 (:45 delay) 40,494[8]

Game summaries

Game 1

October 16, 2015 8:07 p.m. (EDT) atKauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Kansas City 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 x 5 8 1
WP: Edinson Volquez (1–0)   LP: Marco Estrada (0–1)
Home runs:
TOR: None
KC: Salvador Pérez (1)
Attendance: 39,753

Game 2

October 17, 2015 4:07 p.m. (EDT) atKauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 10 0
Kansas City 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 x 6 8 0
WP: Danny Duffy (1–0)   LP: David Price (0–1)   Sv: Wade Davis (1)
Attendance: 40,357

This game marked the fourth time the Royals had rallied back from a multi-run deficit to win in this post-season.[9] With the Royals trailing 3–0, Ben Zobrist led off the seventh inning with a pop-up to shallow right field. Second baseman Ryan Goins had a lead on the ball and waived off charging right fielder José Bautista only to duck out of the way at the last moment, allowing the ball to drop for what was ruled a single. The Royals went on to score five runs in the inning.[10] This marked David Price's seventh consecutive playoff loss, tying him with Randy Johnson for the record.[11]

Game 3

October 19, 2015 8:07 p.m. (EDT) atRogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 4 8 15 0
Toronto 0 3 6 0 1 0 0 1 x 11 11 0
WP: Marcus Stroman (1–0)   LP: Johnny Cueto (0–1)
Home runs:
KC: Kendrys Morales (1)
TOR: Troy Tulowitzki (1), Josh Donaldson (1), Ryan Goins (1)
Attendance: 49,751

Game 4

October 20, 2015 4:07 p.m. (EDT) atRogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 4 1 0 0 0 0 4 3 2 14 15 0
Toronto 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 0
WP: Luke Hochevar (1–0)   LP: R.A. Dickey (0–1)
Home runs:
KC: Ben Zobrist (1), Alex Ríos (1)
TOR: None
Attendance: 49,501

This game marked the first time in postseason history that a position player was brought in to pitch. Cliff Pennington of the Blue Jays was brought in during the 9th inning as Toronto's bullpen became increasingly thin after the Royals scoring refused to cease after numerous pitching changes. The players in the dugout and the few remaining fans left found this very amusing. Pennington gave up two unearned runs before retiring the side.[12]

Game 5

October 21, 2015 4:07 p.m. (EDT) atRogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 0
Toronto 0 1 0 0 0 4 1 1 x 7 8 0
WP: Marco Estrada (1–1)   LP: Edinson Volquez (1–1)
Home runs:
KC: Salvador Pérez (2)
TOR: Chris Colabello (1)
Attendance: 49,325

Game 6

October 23, 2015 8:07 p.m. (EDT) atKauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 7 0
Kansas City 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 x 4 9 0
WP: Wade Davis (1–0)   LP: Roberto Osuna (0–1)
Home runs:
TOR: José Bautista 2 (2)
KC: Ben Zobrist (2), Mike Moustakas (1)
Attendance: 40,494

Composite line score

2015 ALCS (4–2): Kansas City Royals beat Toronto Blue Jays

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Toronto Blue Jays 0 4 9 1 1 6 1 4 0 26 46 1
Kansas City Royals 6 2 3 1 2 0 10 8 6 38 59 1
Total attendance: 269,181   Average attendance: 44,864

References

  1. ^ Grathoff, Pete (October 15, 2015). "Joe Buck will call the Royals-Blue Jays ALCS".  
  2. ^ Newman, Mark (September 24, 2015). "2015 Postseason Schedule". mlb.com. MLB Advanced Media, LP. Retrieved October 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Boxscore: Toronto vs. Kansas City, Game 1". MLB.com. October 16, 2015. Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Boxscore: Toronto vs. Kansas City, Game 2". MLB.com. October 17, 2015. Retrieved October 17, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Boxscore: Kansas City vs. Toronto, Game 3". MLB.com. October 18, 2015. Retrieved October 18, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Boxscore: Kansas City vs. Toronto, Game 4". MLB.com. October 18, 2015. Retrieved October 18, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Boxscore: Kansas City vs. Toronto, Game 5". MLB.com. October 18, 2015. Retrieved October 18, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Boxscore: Kansas City vs. Toronto, Game 6". MLB.com. October 21, 2015. Retrieved October 21, 2015. 
  9. ^ Chisholm, Gregor; Flanagan, Jeffrey (October 17, 2015). "KC pops Price's bubble in 7th for 2-0 lead". mlb.com.  
  10. ^ Corcoran, Cliff (October 17, 2015). "Royals come from behind to defeat Blue Jays in Game 2 of ALCS".  
  11. ^ "Five-run rally against David Price sparks Royals to 2-0 advantage". ESPN News Services ( 
  12. ^ "Jays’ Pennington becomes first position player to pitch in playoffs". http://si.com. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 

External links

  • "2015 Postseason". MLB.com. Retrieved August 22, 2015.