By: Joey Segur
The Kansas City Royals take out the Houston Astros in game 5 and head to the ALCS to face the Toronto Blue Jays. This is the 2nd straight year that the Kansas City Royals have gone to the AL Championship Series, mostly in part to the stellar start of Johnny Cueto. A lot of credit is due to a lot of amazing performances by players this series, but when it comes to game 5 in the divisional series, Cueto takes the cake.
Johnny Cueto started the game facing Collin McHugh, who previous won game one of the Series in Kansas City, and McHugh was looking to repeat history in game 5. McHugh got some support from his offense in the 2nd inning as Luis Valbuena send a two run shot into the Astros Bullpen giving the Astros a 2 run lead. Sadly for the Astros this was their only scoring play of the game and would be the last scoring play of their season. In the home half of the 4th inning, Eric Hosmer drove in Lorenzo Cain to make it a 2-1 game, and in the 5th inning Alex Rios doubled to left field sending Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon home. With a 3-2 lead in the 5th inning a little insurance run from Ben Zobrist was added on a sac fly giving the Astros a 4-2 lead. To add to the damage Kendrys Morales hit a three run shot to left center field giving the fans something extra to cheer about, making them realize they are 3 outs away from seeing their home team fight for the chance to go back to the world series.
After the Luis Valbuena two run homer in the 2nd inning, Cueto retired all 19 batters faced until Wade Davis took over on the mound to close the game. Cueto ended the night with a win and only allowing 2 hits, 2 runs that were all earned, walked no one and struck out 8. Wade Davis probably played the most exciting game this season as he was the final decision on whether or not his team would continue on to the ALCS. Apparently nerves wasn’t a factor for Davis and he retired the side in order. Now the Royals have the Toronto Blue Jays coming to town on Friday to start Game one of Seven.
It was a heart breaker for the young and talented Houston Astros as they lose game 5 and the series in Kansas City, sending them back home to Houston. Even though its hard to see a team like the Astros beat all odds and shut critics up, all good stories must come to an end. Luckily for the Astros, this story may have a sequel in 2016.