Kansas City Royals - Major League   City Royals • One Royal Way • Kansas City, MO 64129-6969 •   • Kansas City Royals 2014 Kansas City
Kansas City Royals - Major League   City Royals • One Royal Way • Kansas City, MO 64129-6969 •   • Kansas City Royals 2014 Kansas City
Kansas City Royals - Major League   City Royals • One Royal Way • Kansas City, MO 64129-6969 •   • Kansas City Royals 2014 Kansas City
Kansas City Royals - Major League   City Royals • One Royal Way • Kansas City, MO 64129-6969 •   • Kansas City Royals 2014 Kansas City

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    Kansas City RoyalsOFFICIAL GAME NOTES

    Baltimore Orioles (0-3) @ Kansas City Royals (3-0)Kauffman Stadium - Wednesday, October 15, 2014American League Championship Series - Game #4

    TBS, MLB International, KCSP Radio (610 Sports) & ESPN RadioUPCOMING SCHEDULE

    (Probables with Postseason statistics) Game #5 (if necessary) Thursday, October 16 vs. Baltimore Orioles: TBA vs. TBA, 3:07 p.m. (CDT), TBS, ESPN Radio & 610 Sports

    Game #6 (if necessary) - Friday, October 17 @ Baltimore Orioles: TBA vs. TBA, 7:07 p.m. (CDT), TBS, ESPN Radio & 610 SportsGame #7 (if necessary) - Saturday, October 18 @ Baltimore Orioles: TBA vs. TBA, 7:07 p.m. (CDT), TBS, ESPN Radio & 610 Sports

    This series is being broadcast on KCSP Radio (610 Sports) and the Royals Radio Network with Royals Hall of Famer Denny Matthews, Ryan Lefebvre, Steve Physioc and Steve Stewart, while Don Free controls the dials as the producer/engineer...the ALCS is being televised nationally on TBS with Ernie Johnson Jr., Cal Ripken Jr., Ron Darling and Matt Winer...each game is also being televised by MLB International with Gary Thorne and Kansas Citys own Rick Sutcliffe...every

    game is also being broadcast nationally on ESPN Radio with Jon Boog Sciambi and Chris Singleton.

    THE 2014 KANSAS CITY ROYALS POST-SEASON GUIDE IS AVAILABLE ON-LINE AT MLBPRESSBOX.COMDOING THE LITTLE THINGS--Kansas City took a 3-0 lead in the American League Championship Series with a 2-1 victory over the Orioles here last night, plating the runs via a bases loaded groundout and a sacrifice fly...Alex Gordon tied the contest with his fourth inning grounder to second and then Billy Butlers fly ball to left in the sixth was plenty deep enough to knock home Jarrod Dyson with what proved to be the winning run...former Oriole, Jeremy Guthrie, allowed one run over his five innings of work and then it was handed to the quartet of Jason Frasor, Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland who retired the final 12 in order after Guthrie retired nine of the last 10 he faced...Frasor earned the victory, while Holland picked up his fifth save out of KCs seven wins this postseason, third this series...Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer each had a pair of hits for the Royals, who are now one win away from their third-ever World Series, first since 1985.

    YET ANOTHER NAILBITER--Last nights 2-1 win over the Orioles was Kansas Citys seventh consecutive triumph to open this years postseason play, the third to be decided by one run and the fifth that was determined by two runs or less...the close calls have been conducive to bullpen victories, as KCs relievers have recorded six of the seven wins today, just one shy of the MLB postseason record held by the 2003 Florida Marlins, who won seven games that October with Braden Looper-2, Carl Pavano-2, Chad

    Fox, Brad Penny and Ugueth Urbina...thus far in this postseason, the KC bullpen has seen wins from Jason Frasor-2, Wade Davis-2, Brandon Finnegan and Danny Duffy...the lone starter to record a win to this point was James Shields in the ALDS clincher over the Angels.

    STREAKING ROYALS--The Royals have become the third team in history to win its first seven games of a postseason since playoffs came to be in 1969 with divisional play...Kansas City has tied the 1976 Cincinnati Reds and 2007 Colorado Rockies for consecutive victories at the outset of a postseason...another streak has been 29 years in the making, as the Royals now have a 10-game postseason winning streak, tying for the third longest in Major League history...the New York Yankees had a pair of 12-game postseason streaks (1927-32 and 1998-99), while KC has tied the Yankees, Oakland As and San Francisco Giants...the Royals have trailed in only three of the last 63 innings theyve played, including two innings last night...Kansas City won its last three games of the 1985 World Series and then open its return to postseason play on September 30 this season with the win over the As in the Wild Card Game, and then took all three games of the ALDS over the Angels, two in extra innings, before winning twice in Baltimore.

    SKIPPER STREAKING TOO...--Kansas City manager Ned Yost has tied Clint Hurdle as the only two skippers in big league history to win their first seven postseason games...the Yankees Joe Girardi is next with five...Hurdle won his seven with the Colorado Rockies in 2007.

    PEN CONTINUES TO ROLL--The Royals are showing the nation what Kansas Citians came to appreciate this summer with one of the top bullpens in the game...KCs relief corps retired all 12 Orioles they faced last night with a quartet of hurlers each recording three outs (Jason Frasor, Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland)...the pen enters today with 7.1 consecutive scoreless innings since allowing a run in the 10th inning of Fridays game in Baltimore...all told, in the last six postseason games, the KC pen has allowed three runs in 24.1 innings for a 1.11 ERA...youthful southpaws Danny Duffy and rookie Brandon Finnegan each earned wins in the ALDS, while Wade Davis has worked 4.0 scoreless innings in this series to gain two wins and Greg Holland has recorded five saves, three in this series, giving him 52 on the year, which includes his 46 regular season rescues...Davis is the first pitcher to win the first two games of a postseason series since Atlantas Alejandro Pena in 1995.

    Royals vs. Orioles Kansas City has taken a 3-0 lead in this series and has now won 5 in a row over the Os dating back to the regular season...KC went 4-3 during the 7-game in-season work...the regular sea-son and now postseason results:Date Site Score WP LP Att.4/25 @ Bal W, 5-0 Ventura Jimenez 22,4784/26 @ Bal L, 2-3 (10) Britton Duffy 34,9414/27 @ Bal W, 9-3 Shields Gonzalez 38,3685/15 KC L, 1-2 Chen Ventura 12,4555/16 KC L, 0-4 Tillman Guthrie 25,9855/17 KC W, 1-0 Duffy Norris 24,0645/18 KC W, 8-6 Shields Jimenez 22,692

    American League Championship Series10/10 @ Bal W, 8-6 (10) Davis ODay 47,12410/11 @ Bal W, 6-4 Davis ODay 46,91210/14 KC W, 2-1 Frasor Chen 40,18310/15 KC

    TONIGHTS STARTING PITCHERS (Postseason stats): RHP Miguel Gonzalez (1st app.) vs. LHP Jason Vargas (0-0, 3.00)

    2014 2013 Career 2014 2013 CareerMiguel Gonzalez vs. Royals 0-1 0-1 1-2 Major League Record 10-9 (3.23 ERA) 11-8 30-21Jason Vargas vs. Orioles - 1-1 2-3 Major League Record 11-10 (3.71 ERA) 9-8 62-68

    JASON VARGAS takes the hill for his second start of the postseason, first outing since a no-decision in Game #1 of the Division Series...he posted an 11-10 record in his first season with KC, reaching double-digit victories for the third time in the last 4 years...he did not face Baltimore this season, but is 2-3 in 8 career starts against the Os...he signed a 4-year free-agent deal with the Royals on November 22, 2013, after pitching for the Angels last year. SOLID START IN ALDS OPENER--Jason is making his first start of the American League Championship Series, and first since October 2, when he tossed the first 6.0 innings of KCs 3-2 triumph in 11 innings at Angel Stadium in Game 1 of the ALDS...the former Angel allowed 2 runs on 3 hits with a walk and 2 strikeouts, firing 80 pitches at his former home park...the only runs he allowed came on solo home runs by Chris Iannetta in the third inning and David Freese in the fifth...the Angels biggest threat came in the sixth when they put 2 on with a single by Kole Calhoun and a walk to Albert Pujols with 2 outs, but Vargas was extricated from the jam with an outstanding catch by Nori Aoki in deep right field on a Howie Kendrick fly to end the frame...KCs bullpen tossed 5.0 scoreless frames, while Mike Moustakas hit a go-ahead solo homer in the 11th inning. CAREER-BEST ERA--Despite a rough September, Jason recorded a career-best 3.71 ERA this season, besting his 3.78 mark with Seattle in 2010...his ERA was tops by a qualifying Royals lefty since Charlie Leibrandt posted a 3.19 earned run average in 1988. ATTACKING THE ZONE--Vargas also posted a career-best 1.97 walks per 9.0 innings (41 BB in 187.0 IP) during the regular season, which tied with fellow left-handed pitcher Jon Lester for 10th-lowest in the A.L....it was also tied for the third-lowest among qualifying American League southpaws. RUN SUPPORT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE--Vargy posted just 3 victories over his final 12 regular season outings partially due to a shortage of run support...the Royals scored just 3.19 runs per 9.0 innings with the lefty on the hill after July 4, which was the eighth-lowest in the A.L. among hurlers with at least 60.0 innings in that span...by contrast, Jason went 8-3 over his first 18 starts, receiving 5.13 runs per 9.0 innings over that time. VS. OS--Jason did not face the Orioles this season, but has made 8 career starts against Baltimore, going 2-3 with a 1.94 ERA (12 ER in 55.2 IP)...he last faced them at Camden Yards on June 11, 2013, when he dropped a 3-2 decision as a member of the Angels, despite tossing 6.2 innings and allowing 3 runs on 7 hits...he tossed one of his 6 career shutouts against the Orioles, blanking them 4-0, on 3 hits, May 3, 2013 at Angel Stadium. AT THE K--Vargy posted a 6-6 mark with a 4.53 ERA (51 ER in 101.1 IP) in 16 starts here this season...he opened September tossing 6.2 scoreless innings vs.

    Texas in a 4-1 victory, but had consecutive losses to Boston (8-4) and Detroit (10-1) in his final two home outings, allowing 10 earned runs in 8.2 innings...Jason is 37-31 with a 3.64 ERA and a .249 opponents batting average at his various home parks throughout his career.

    Jasons Last Win:September 3 vs. Texas (6.2 IP, 4-1 over Nick Tepesch)

    Jasons Last Loss:September 19 vs. Detroit (3.1 IP, 1-10 to Justin Verlander)

    Jasons Strikeout High:10, Twice, last on June 26, 2012 vs.