DYK? Blue Jays-Royals ALCS Game 2
The Royals rallied for a 6-3 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium, taking a 2-0 lead in the American League Championship Series.
The Blue Jays, who also trailed 2-0 in the AL Division Series against the Rangers, will have to attempt to come from behind again as the series shifts to Toronto for the next three games (Game 3, Monday, 7 p.m. ET air time on FOX Sports 1/Sportsnet, 8 p.m. game time).
Here is a look at some notable facts and figures from Game 2.
• Since the Championship Series moved to a best-of-seven format in 1985, the Royals are the 26th team to take a 2-0 series lead. Of the previous 25 teams, 22 advanced to the World Series. The only exceptions are the 2004 Yankees (vs. Red Sox), 1985 Blue Jays (vs. Royals) and '85 Dodgers (vs. Cardinals).
• The Royals are 6-0 in the ALCS over the past two years, after sweeping the Orioles in 2014. They have won nine straight ALCS games, going back to the 1985 series against the Blue Jays. The longest ALCS winning streak of all time belongs to the O's, who won 10 in a row between '69-73.
• Kansas City is 16-3 over the past two postseasons in games in which Madison Bumgarner does not pitch. The left-hander helped the Giants to three of their four wins in last year's World Series.
• Lorenzo Cain's seventh-inning single extended his postseason hitting streak to 11 games, tying Amos Otis for the Royals' record. Otis put together his streak from Game 2 of the 1978 ALCS to Game 5 of the '80 World Series, while Cain began his in Game 4 of last year's Fall Classic.
• After Alcides Escobar led off the bottom of the first with a single, Blue Jays pitcher David Price retired 18 consecutive batters, setting a franchise record for the postseason. The streak ended when Ben Zobrist's pop fly dropped in shallow right field for a leadoff single in the seventh. Price allowed hits to five of the seven batters he faced in the frame.
• The Royals trailed, 3-0, before rallying for five runs in the seventh. This marks the fourth time this postseason that the club has rallied from a multirun deficit to win. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Kansas City is the first team since the 1996 Yankees to trail by multiple runs in four of its first five wins in a postseason.
• Price became the second pitcher in postseason history to lose seven consecutive starts, joining Randy Johnson (1995-2001).
• Kansas City's franchise-record streak of 18 straight scoreless innings pitched in the postseason came to an end on Ryan Goins' RBI double in the third. That also snapped Toronto's franchise-record-tying 12-inning postseason scoreless streak on offense.
• Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Game 2. He had entered the day 2-for-25 this postseason and 14-for-82 (.171) in his postseason career.
• Eric Hosmer, who went 1-for-3, got the Royals on the board with an RBI single in the seventh. He has driven in a run on all six of his hits this postseason, and he now has 19 career postseason RBIs, second in Kansas City history behind George Brett (23).
• Kendrys Morales' RBI in the seventh inning was his eighth this postseason, most of any player.
• The Blue Jays are 3-for-23 with runners in scoring position in the series, and they have left 18 runners on base.