October 2, 2014

Royals and Cardinals Division Series schedules. Cheer on the Show Me State as we try to take down L.A.

The Cardinals celebrated their Central Division title on Sunday (photo/MLB)

The Cardinals celebrated their Central Division title on Sunday (photo/MLB)

Quite a few late night starts as the Royals and Cardinals open on the west coast taking on the Angels and Dodgers respectively.  Here is the post season schedule for the divisional series.

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Thursday Oct. 2
ALDS Game 1–Royals at Angels 9 p.m.

Friday Oct. 3
NLDS Game 1–Cardinals at Dodgers 6:30 p.m.
ALDS Game 2–Royals at Angels 9:30 p.m.

Saturday Oct. 4
NLDS Game 2–Cardinals at Dodgers 9:30 p.m.

Sunday Oct. 5
ALDS Game 3–Angels at Royals 7:30 p.m.

The Royals celebrate their wild card win over Oakland (photo/MLB)

The Royals celebrate their wild card win over Oakland (photo/MLB)

Monday Oct. 6
NLDS Game 3–Dodgers at Cardinals TBD
ALDS Game 4–Angels at Royals TBD *

Tuesday Oct. 7
NLDS Game 4–Dodgers at Cardinals TBD *

Wednesday Oct. 8
ALDS Game 5–Royals at Angels TBD *

Thursday Oct. 9
NLDS Game 5–Cardinals at Dodgers TBD *

*if necessary

Royals advance after not one, but two wild comebacks. Perez sends the A’s packing in the 12th (VIDEO)

The Royals celebrate their 9-8 win over Oakland (photo/MLB)

The Royals celebrate their 9-8 win over Oakland (photo/MLB)

After waiting 29 years, Royals fans had no problem with playing a few extra innings to decide their first playoff game since the 1985 team won game seven of the World Series.

Salvador Perez singled home the winning run with two outs in the 12th inning, giving the Royals a thrilling 9-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics in the American League wild-card game.

Watch the game winning hit (video/TBS, MLB)

The A’s raced out to a 7-3 lead by the sixth inning, but the Royals countered with three runs in the eighth. Nori Aoki’s sacrifice fly off Sean Doolittle in the ninth forced extra innings.  DH Brandon Moss hit two homers, one in the first off James Shields and then what looked like the dagger, a three-run shot of Yordano Ventura in a five-run sixth.  Moss finished with five RBIs.

When I say the Royals stole this game from the A’s, I mean it.  They literally stole their way to a win.  They led the majors with 153 stolen bases and added seven more in this game.

Alcides Escobar started the rally in the eighth with an single and a stolen base. Lorenzo Cain, who put the Royals up 3-2 earlier,  drove him in with a single and also stole second base.  After Eric Hosmer walked, Jon Lester was pulled from the game and Luke Gregerson gave up a single to Billy Butler scoring Cain.   Pinch-runner Terrance Gore stole second on the next pitch and a wild pitch from Gregerson’s scored Hosmer, but Salvador Perez and Omar Infante struck out leaving the tying run at third.

Josh Willingham, batting for Mike Moustakas, opened the ninth inning with a single off Sean Doolittle. Jarrod Dyson ran for Willingham, was bunted to second and stole third. Aoki hit a long out to right field, a sacrifice fly to tie the score, 7-7.

In the 12th, Hosmer tripled off center fielder Sam Fuld’s glove and Christian Colon hit a chopper toward third that Josh Donaldson couldn’t handle, tying the game at 8-8 tie.  Fernando Abad came onto pitch and got Alex Gordon to foul out. Bob Melvin went to starter Jason Hammel, and Colon stole second. Perez ripped a single down the third-base line scoring Colon and sending the Royals out west to face Albert Pujols and the L.A. Angels in their American League Division Series.

Both managers expect tonight’s wild card game to be low scoring, but both teams have hit Shields and Lester (AUDIO)

Both Oakland A’s manger Bob Melvin and Royals manager Ned Yost agree that tonight’s one game wild card between these teams will be low scoring.  The A’s are sending out their mid-season pick up and post season ace Jon Lester to the mound while the Royals will counter with James “Big Game” Shields.

Bob Melvin on what Lester brings to the A’s

Both pitchers were brought in for this exact reason.  To advance their teams in the playoffs.

Ned Yost has deep respect for Lester

Let’s break down the numbers of each pitcher’s starts against the opposing team.

Shields has faced Oakland twice, back on Aug. 3 and Aug. 14.  The Royals won both games (4-2 and 7-3).  Shields gave up just two runs, both solo homers, over eight innings while striking out two in his first start against the A’s.  11 days later, Oakland was a little more aggressive at the plate and scored three runs over seven hits over six innings.  Shields got a no-decision in that win.

In the playoffs, Shields is 2-4 with a 4.98 ERA in six starts.  He’s allowed four homers while striking out 25 in 34.1 playoff innings.

Shields knows the impact this game will have on the city and fans of the Royals.

If the Royals have any advantage in this game, it may be the fact that they have faced Lester three times this season.  The bad news is that he’s won all three games.  He was magnificent while still with Boston when he tossed eight shutout innings for a 6-0 win.  He gave up four hits, while walking two and striking out eight.

After the trade, he also made two August starts with the A’s.  Two weeks later he picked up the win in an 8-3 final, but only went 6.2 innings, allowing three runs on nine hits.  Then on the 12th he went six innings allowing three runs, but he struck out nine in an 11-3 blowout win.

In the playoff, Lester is at his best.  He’s 6-4, but his ERA is only 2.11 in 13 appearances with 11 starts.

Chiefs fans set a new record for loud at Arrowhead. Andy Reid said his ears were still ringing well after the game (AUDIO)

Arrowhead Stadium was louder than the deck on a n aircraft carrier.

Arrowhead Stadium was louder than the deck on a n aircraft carrier.

Chiefs fans be proud.  You may not have the defending Super Bowl champs to cheer for, but Arrowhead Stadium is officially the outdoor loudest stadium in the world again. The crowd for last night’s game against the Patriots registered a 142.2 on the decibel scale, beating the 137.6 registered by a Seahawks crowd set at CenturyLink Field last season.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, excited about the big win over Bill and Brady, was also pumped up about the world record, saying his ears were still ringing during his post game press conference.

Seahawks fans first won the Guinness World Record on Sept. 13, 2013, against the 49ers before fans at Arrowhead won it back against the Raiders a month later.

How did it happen? What the Missouri Tigers were able to do to beat South Carolina from the Gamecock perspective (Google Hangout)

Maty Mauk managed to lead the Tigers to a fourth quarter victory.

Maty Mauk managed to lead the Tigers to a fourth quarter victory.

Phil Kornblut, from our sister network, SportstalkSC.com in Columbia, South Carolina was just beaming last year after he cleaned up four pounds of bar-b-que in a bet he made with one of our Missourinet radio affiliates.  This time around, his mood a little somber as he tells me on this Google Hangout that it will be near impossible now for the Gamecocks to win the SEC East.

There are a lot of factors that need to work in their favor, and at the same time, as far as Tiger fans are concerned, Mizzou dodged a huge bullet.

Missouri was down 20-7 and were just 7:25 away from dropping their second game in a row and losing their SEC debut.  The loss would have put the Tigers basically two behind USC, who also has a win over Georgia.  Even though it only would have been one loss, the task of trying to climb out of an early hole may have been too difficult.

Yet, the Tigers somehow found a way.  As Kornblut explains, the weak part of the USC defense was their secondary, but with Maty Mauk losing Jimmie Hunt early in the game and not having Darius White, his options for experienced receivers were down to Bud Sasser and rarely used Sean Culkin.  Offensive coordinator Josh Henson continued to call balance plays of run and pass and it just wasn’t working when Mauk would throw on first down.  At one point he was 1 for 8 for eight yards on first down pass plays.

Then in the blink of eye, it changed with one pass to Sasser for 41 yards.  Just like that, the momentum of the game changed.