Former Royals in the postseason: Division Series

In the lone National League Division Series game of the day, Washington was the lone team to tie up a series, sending it to LA 1-1.

2016-mlb-postseason-logoBoth the Nats and Dodgers left the bases loaded multiple times, as both starters pitched in and out of trouble the entire game.

Dodgers rookie shortstop Corey Seager hit a home run for the second straight game in the first inning. The Dodgers led 2-0 when Jose Lobaton gave the Nats the lead with a two out, three-run homer.

The Nationals bullpen held the Dodgers offense hitless from the 5th inning until closer Mark Melacon allowed a hit in the ninth.

No former Royals played in the NLDS.

In the American League Division Series, Toronto hosted Texas needing one win to advance to the Championship Series. The Blue Jays got that win in walk off fashion in the bottom of the tenth.

After the Rangers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on former Royal Carlos Beltran‘s RBI ground out, the Blue Jays once again used the long ball in the bottom half of the inning (he went 0-for-3 with a walk).

Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run home run (his third homer of the posteason) and Russell Martin hit a solo shot (his first hit of the postseason). The Blue Jays added two more in the 3rd inning on a Josh Donaldson double followed by an EE RBI single.

The Rangers fought back with two homers of their own: a solo shot by Elvis Andrus in the third and a two-run homer by Rougned Odor in the fourth. They took the lead in the top of the sixth on Mitch Moreland’s two-run double.

The Blue Jays came right back to tie the game on a passed ball with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth.

The game would go extra innings.

Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna threw two perfect innings of relief. For the Rangers, Matt Bush went into his third inning of relief (in two innings he struck out four) and immediately got into trouble. Donaldson led off with a double and EE was intentionally walked in favor of former Royal Jose Bautista, who struck out swinging (he went 0-for-5).

Up came the Canadian, Martin, who on the 3-2 pitch hit into what looked like an inning ending double play. Instead, it was slow developing among the Rangers infielders and the throw was bad to first. Donaldson came rumbling home and the throw from first base was late.

Former Royal Jeremy Jeffress (who pitched in relief for Texas) was charged with the tying run, as he left in the sixth after allowing a one out single (1IP, H, 1R, 0ER, BB, K).

 

Mother Nature postponed Cleveland’s chances of sweeping Boston today, as Game 3 in Boston was rained out. The Indians and Red Sox will meet on Monday at 6pm.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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