Royals World Series bound for first time since 1985

Kauffman Stadium is World Series ready. The Series starts Tuesday, October 21.

Dan Moreno

The Kansas City Royals won the MLB American League Championship last Wednesday when the team swept the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 win at the Kauffman Stadium, which means the Royalswill return to the World Series for the first time in 29 years.

Manager Ned Yost became the first manager in Major League Baseball to win eight postseason games in a row.

With Alcides Escobar and Nori Aoki on second and third base, Eric Hosmer hit a grounder to first baseman Steve Pearce who threw home to keep Escobar from scoring, but threw low and catcher Caleb Joseph lost the ball during the tag. Aoki added another run to give the Royals a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

The Orioles scored their first and only run in the third inning, and the Royals spent the rest of the game defending their one-run lead. The highlight of the evening was Alex Gordon’s running catch on J.J. Hardy’s line drive deep to left field before crashing into the scoreboard fence and falling to the ground.

”There’s nothing better than when you win. Today, same old story: good pitching, good defense and scratch out a win.” Gordon said after the game.

After their 6-4 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals, the San Francisco Giants won the National League Championship and will face the Royals in the World Series.

Games 1 and 2 will be played at Kaufmann Stadium on Tuesday and Wednesday before the Royals head to AT&T Park for Games 3, 4 and 5 if necessary. In case the series is tied, games 6 and 7 will be played back at the K next Tuesday and Wednesday.