Underdog Royals rout Angels to complete sweep
KANSAS CITY (Reuters) - The wild card Kansas City Royals completed a stunning playoff sweep of the top-seeded Los Angeles Angels on Sunday with an 8-3 win that set up an American League Championship Series against the Baltimore Orioles.
The high-spirited Royals, in the postseason for the first time in 29 years, claimed the best-of-five Division Series 3-0.
Baltimore also wrapped up their series without a blemish as they beat the Tigers 2-1 in Detroit on Sunday.
Kansas City, the only Major League Baseball team with less than 100 home runs this season, got roundtrippers from Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas and a three-run double by Alex Gordon that had them rolling in the first inning.
"We’ve been working all year for this," Gordan said in an interview on the field after fireworks lit the sky following the final out.
"It’s the best we’ve played all year and the best time to do it."
Gordon's bases-loaded opposite field shot to the wall in left-center answered a first-inning home run by Mike Trout and chased Angels starting pitcher C.J. Wilson after just two-thirds of an inning.
Kansas City extended their lead to 5-1 in the third inning on a two-run homer from Hosmer, and after Albert Pujols blasted a solo homer in the fourth the Royals answered again in their half with two runs including a blast over the wall by Moustakas.
Royals starter James Shields went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits and was followed by the usual bullpen progression of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and closer Greg Holland, who struck out AL MVP favorite Trout to end the game. Continued...