Royals-Angels, Game 1: Did You Know?
ANAHEIM -- The Royals outlasted the Angels, 3-2, in 11 innings on Thursday to claim Game 1 of an American League Division Series. Kansas City went hitless from the fifth inning until the top of the 11th, when Mike Moustakas delivered a go-ahead solo home run.
Here's what you should know:
• Moustakas' home run was the first extra-innings homer in Royals postseason history. It was also the first postseason homer for the franchise since 1985, when Darryl Motley launched a dinger in Game 7 of the World Series.
• Moustakas mashed the homer -- his first since Aug. 25 -- from the No. 9 hole, making him the first starting player in that spot to go yard in Major League postseason history. He also possesses the Royals' only two extra-innings home runs this season.
• Kansas City became the first team since the 1979 Pirates to win in extra innings in its first two games of a postseason. The Royals are the 11th team in Major League postseason history to win a Game 1 on the road in extra innings, and each of the last eight won their series, including six via sweep.
• Angels starter Jered Weaver took a no-decision, but it was the first time since May 7, 2008, that the Angels lost to the Royals in a game he started. The right-hander had a 5-0 record, and his team was 6-0, in starts versus Kansas City during that span.
• Alcides Escobar produced the game's first run with an RBI double in the top of the third on a 2-2 pitch. Weaver entered the game holding opponents to a .394 on-base plus slugging percentage in such situations, the lowest figure for him in any count other than 0-2 (.327).
• The Angels produced their runs on home runs by David Freese and Chris Iannetta. Freese, playing in his 49th postseason game, launched his eighth career postseason home run and collected his 30th RBI. Iannetta became the second Angels player to homer in his first postseason at-bat. Dan Ford accomplished the feat first on Oct. 3, 1979, against the Orioles in the AL Championship Series.