The Kansas City Royals are just a win away from sealing a berth in the World Series for the second year in a row.
The Toronto Blue Jays, who fed off their fervent home fans during the Game 3 victory, were obliterated 14-2 in Game 4 Tuesday as thousands of dejected fans prematurely exited the Rogers Centre. Now trailing the series 3-1, the Blue Jays must win Wednesday’s home game to stay alive in the American League Championship Series (ALCS).
Ben Zobrist began the early assault when he struck knuckleballer R.A. Dickey’s fourth pitch of the game for a two-run homer. An inning later, Alex Rios connected against his former team as the Royals jumped to an unassailable 5-0 lead after two innings. Dickey was hit out of the game.
Chris Young, who got his first playoff start in nine years, limited Blue Jays’ batters to two runs on three hits. In the fifth, he exited with two outs until Luke Hochevar – the man who is yet to conceded a run in the playoffs – returned to seal the deal. “It’s not about personal stuff,” Young said when asked if he was frustrated to sit out all these years. “It’s just feels great to contribute to such a great team win.”
In the seventh inning, the Royals unleashed a four-run fusillade against the duo of LaTroy Hawkins and Ryan Tepera. The visitors smashed Tepera for three more runs in the eighth.
It was total domination by the Royals. “We’re very confident (about reaching the world series),” Rios said after the game. “We have a very well-balanced team from top to bottom.”
John Gibbons, the Toronto manager, urged his team to turn things during tomorrow’s Game 5. “It’s a do-or-die game for us, but they do it all year,” he said. “These guys will let this one (Game 4) go, and they’ll show up to play tomorrow.”
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