Royals' postseason full of memorable moments
Gordon's HR in Game 1 of WS, Hosmer's daring dash among Top 10
KANSAS CITY -- The Royals' 2015 postseason charge toward a World Series championship had its share of incredible rallies and memories to last a lifetime.
Let's look back at the Top 10 moments of the 2015 postseason, in chronological order:
1. Game 4, ALDS, 8th inning
The Royals were down, 6-2, in the game, and 2-1 in the series, and were six outs away from winter. Then the impossible happened: The Royals strung together an incredible five-run rally. The crucial play was a potential double-play ball up the middle by Kendrys Morales with the bases loaded that skipped past Astros shortstop Carlos Correa and allowed the tying run to score. A key walk by seldom-used backup catcher Drew Butera set up Alex Gordon's go-ahead RBI groundout and the Royals wound up extending the series with a 9-6 win.
2. Game 5, ALDS, 5th inning
The Royals again were trailing, this time 2-1, and struck for three runs keyed by Alex Rios' two-run double down the left-field line. Rios, who seldom showed emotion throughout the season, let go with fist pumps as he reached second base. Johnny Cueto tossed a complete game and retired the last 22 hitters he faced as the Royals won 7-2 and advanced to the ALCS.
3. Game 2, ALCS, 7th inning
The comeback Royals were at it again. Down 3-0 to the Blue Jays and with David Price in complete command, having retired 18 straight, the Royals appeared to have little chance. Then, Ben Zobrist hit a little popup that inexplicably fell between Toronto right fielder Jose Bautista and second baseman Ryan Goins. The floodgates then opened and Kansas City scored five runs with Mike Moustakas getting the go-ahead RBI single en route to a 5-3 win.
4. Game 6, ALCS, 8th inning
With the score tied at 3, Lorenzo Cain made an incredible dash from first to home on a single to right by Eric Hosmer, a play that third-base coach Mike Jirschele had been waiting to try all series, knowing Blue Jays right fielder Bautista tended to lob the ball to second on singles to right with a runner on first. The electrifying sprint gave the Royals a 4-3 win and a trip to the World Series.
5. Game 6, ALCS, 9th inning
Closer Wade Davis, who had pitched the eighth inning after Ryan Madson served up a game-tying two-run homer to Bautista, had to endure a 45-minute rain delay after the eighth. Somehow, Davis came back out for the ninth, but he immediately got in trouble. A single and two stolen bases put the potential tying run on third with none out. After a walk, Davis calmly struck out the next two hitters. Then, Davis got the dangerous Josh Donaldson to ground out to third. A trip to the World Series was secured.
6. Game 1, World Series, Edinson Volquez
Just hours before he threw out the first pitch, Edinson Volquez's father died in the Dominican Republic. Volquez's family chose to keep the news from him until after the game. Volquez pitched six quality innings, giving up just three runs, and kept the Royals in it against the Mets. Later, as he looked over his performance in the video room, Volquez was alerted that his wife was in the clubhouse -- she delivered the sad news and Volquez spent the next three days in the Dominican with family.
7. Game 1, World Series, 9th inning
If this indeed is Gordon's last season with Kansas City -- he is a free agent -- the All-Star outfielder left many memories, none bigger than his one-out homer in the bottom of the ninth off Mets closer Jeurys Familia, who hadn't blown a save in months. Gordon's blast to deep center tied the game at 4 and sent the game into extra innings.'
8. Game 1, World Series, 14th inning
First baseman Hosmer, whose error on a grounder by Wilmer Flores had allowed the Mets to take a 4-3 lead, redeemed himself. Hosmer came up with the bases loaded and none out in the 14th inning, lifting a fly ball to right field, just deep enough to allow Alcides Escobar to race home with the go-ahead run in the Royals' 5-4 win.
9. Game 5, World Series, 9th inning, The Mad Dash
The Royals made one final incredible rally in the ninth. Down 2-0 against Mets ace Matt Harvey, Lorenzo Cain walked. Then, Hosmer lashed an RBI double to left field and it was 2-1. After Hosmer advanced to third on a groundout, Salvador Perez hit a slow chopper to third. As the throw went to first, Hosmer took off for home on a daring gamble. Hosmer slid in safely as the throw was off-line and the game was tied.
10. Game 5, World Series, 12th inning
With the score still tied at 2, Perez led off the 12th with a bloop single to center. Pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson stole second and went to third on a groundout. That brought up pinch-hitter Christian Colon, who was making his first postseason appearance. One of the heroes of the 2014 Wild Card Game, Colon promptly ripped an RBI liner to left field and the Royals were on their way to a 7-2 win and their first World Series championship in 30 years.