Young gave Yost 4 2/3 innings and left with Kansas City leading by three runs. He gave up two runs, walked two and struck out four, helping the Royals to a 14-2 blowout of the Blue Jays in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.
"Chris Young threw the ball great," Yost said. "We got there in the fifth inning, and my mind-set was with Donaldson, [Jose] Bautista, those guys, I really didn't want them seeing Chris for the third time. But to get us into the fifth inning right there with the lead, he just pitched a great game. He had the one at-bat against Donaldson where he hit the double off of him. Outside of that, I thought he pitched great."
Of course, depriving Young of a chance to complete the fifth inning cost him a victory, but he didn't care in the least.
"The personal stuff, really, I don't care at all about," Young said. "Wins for pitchers is a ridiculous stat anyway, and it always has been. The only thing important is that we won, and I was glad I was able to contribute in some way."
Young fought through one tricky inning, the third, when Ryan Goins blooped a one-out single and Ben Revere walked on four pitches. A long battle with Donaldson ended with a ground-rule RBI double to left.
But Young fought back and got Bautista to ground out, scoring a run, and Edwin Encarnacion to fly out. What could have been a disastrous big inning only resulted in two runs.