Royals vs. Blue Jays: Game 4 Score and Twitter Reaction from 2015 MLB Playoffs
The Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals combined for 19 runs in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Monday. The Royals did all the slugging on their own in Tuesday's Game 4, a dominant 14-2 victory that gave them a commanding 3-1 lead in the series.Kansas City is now one win away from its second consecutive World Series appearance.Ben Zobrist and Alex Rios each hit a home run for the Royals, and Alcides Escobar led the way with four RBI from the leadoff spot. Every Kansas City starter except Mike Moustakas notched at least one base hit, and the top three batters in the order (Escobar, Zobrist and Lorenzo Cain) combined for nine RBI.
To put things in perspective for the homestanding Blue Jays, the best moment of Tuesday's game came in the top of the ninth inning when infielder Cliff Pennington entered the contest as a relief pitcher. It was a metaphorical concession by manager John Gibbons, and Toronto now has its back against the wall.While Kansas City lost Game 3, it put four runs on the board in the ninth inning to turn a blowout into a three-run deficit. The Royals in Game 4 picked up where they left off, scoring four runs in the top of the first to seize control.Zobrist hit a two-run homer, Cain scored on a passed ball and Moustakas notched a sacrifice fly. Jesse Spector of Sporting News highlighted how quickly Kansas City has struck in this series:Dickey's troubles continued in the second, when he gave up a solo home run to Rios that made it 5-0. Toronto lifted him after 1.2 innings, and Adnan Virk of ESPN pointed to the contrast between Dickey's performance and that of Noah Syndergaard, who was part of the package the Blue Jays traded to the New York Mets to get Dickey before the 2013 season:Even with Dickey's lackluster performance, Toronto climbed back into the game on an RBI double by Josh Donaldson and an RBI groundout by Jose Bautista in the bottom of the third.The Blue Jays stayed within striking distance through the middle innings because of Liam Hendriks, who pitched 4.1 innings of shutout baseball in relief of Dickey and allowed a single hit.