American League Championship Series
Game 2
October 17, 2015

Around Kauffman Stadium before the game

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American League Championship Game 2 Action

Linda and I attended game 2 of the 2015 American League Championship Series at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. The Kansas City Royals went into the game with 1-0 lead over the Toronto Blue Jays. The game had a 3:07PM start following the singing of the National Anthems of both Canada and the United States.

The Blue Jays took a one run lead in the 3rd inning. There was no more scoring until the sixth inning, when Royals starting pitcher, Yordano Ventura, left the game with the bases loaded and one out, trailing 3-0. Fortunately, reliever, Luke Hochevar, got two quick outs to get the Royals out of the inning.

The crowd could sense something was about to happen in the bottom of the seventh inning and everyone was on their feet and making noise as Ben Zobrist was the first one to bat. He popped up, but it fell between two Toronto fielders and he was on base. Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer followed with more singles and the score was quickly 3-1. The Royals finished the inning 5-3.

Kelvin Herrera kept the Blue Jays from scoring in the 8th and the Royals scored a safety run in the bottom of that inning. Wade Davis finished off the ninth inning and KC won 6-3.

Singing the Canadian national anthem, O Canada

Tom Watson Throws Out First Pitch at ALCS Game 2
Tom Watson Throws out the First Pitch. The Stilwell, Kansas golfer has had 39 PGA Tour wins.

Royals fireworks and blimp
Fireworks during the introduction of the Royals' players appear to threaten the blimp

starting pitcher, Yordano Ventura
Royals' starting pitcher, Yordano Ventura


Alcides Escobar leading off first base
Alcides Escobar led off the bottom of the first with a single, but the next 18 consecutive Royals batters
were retired.

Eric Hosmer
The throw to Eric Hosmer beats Chris Colabello to first base.

Royals fan sign about Josť Bautista
"Bautista" is Canadian for "Even his own Mother HATES him"
José Bautista faked throwing a ball to Royals' fans during game one of the series, but kept it.

Luke Hochevar warming up
The Royals infield appears to evaluate reliever Luke Hochevar as he warms up.

Eric Hosmer flips the ball to Luke Hochevar for the out.

Yost signs at the Royals game
Signs supporting Royals Manager Ned Yost

Eric Hosmer, Ben Revere
Another throw to Eric Hosmer beats Ben Revere.

Mike Moustakas - Kansas City Royals
Mike Moustakas scores the go ahead run on a double by Alex Gordon. 

Wade Davis - Kansas City Royals
Wade Davis finishes off the Blue Jays

Kansas City Royals parking lot
Happy fans leaving Kauffman Stadium long after the end of the game.

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