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Page4D Sunday,October18,2015 DemocratandChronicle. com MLB NEW YORK - Noah S yndergaard arrived at C iti Field on Saturday and was summoned by Mets manager Terry Collins. “He just called me into his office and asked how I was feeling after my relief appearance,” the rookie pitcher explained Saturday. “My body and my arm have never felt bet- t er. So that’s what I told h im, and I’m ready to go.” A 23-year-old right- h ander who made his big league debut in mid-May, Syndergaard will start for New York in Game 2 of the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs and Jake Arrieta on Sunday night. Syndergaard (9-7) allowed three runs, five hits and four walks in 6 1-3 innings in Game 2 of the Division Series at Los Angeles last weekend, losing on a night that turned when Chase Utley broke Ruben Tejada’s leg with a takeout slide at second. Syndergaard then threw 17 pitches in the seventh inning Thursday against the Los Angeles D odgers in the final game o f the NL Division Series, t he first relief appear- a nce of his big league career. He warmed up four times before coming in, and Mets manager Terry Collins said Syndergaard threw 80 total pitches. “I try not to pay too much attention to the role that I was playing then,” Syndergaard said. “I just went out there and pretended like I was starting the game all over again.” NL Rookie of the Year J acob deGrom, who won twice in the Division Se- ries, is set to start Game 3. Left-hander Steven Matz, a24-year-old rookie who made his debut in late June, is the Mets’ Game 4 starter and will be avail- a ble out of the bullpen this w eekend. If he does not m ake a relief appearance, M atz would be starting on seven days’ rest. “If we get him up and he can’t get ready, we’ll find somebody else,” Collins said. “We want this kid to be ready for Game 4, and we aren’t going to run him into a situation where he’s not prepared to pitch.” Arrieta (22-6) led the major leagues in wins, and his 1.77 ERA was sec- o nd-best in the major leagues behind the Dodg- ers’ Zack Greinke. Arriet a beat Pittsburgh with a f ive-hit shutout in the wild-card game, then won Game 3 against St. Louis despite allowing four runs in 5 2-3 innings. “The physical toll really hasn’t bothered me at all, but I think that the mental side of it and all the energy you burn lead- i ng up to the game does h ave a little bit of effect,” h e said. “Throughout the c ourse of the day, you start to contemplate your routine and think about the game in different scenarios, and you start to — that heart rate starts to rise a little bit.” For him, a key is to relax before getting to the ballpark. “Once your routine starts,” he said, “it’s kind of hard to keep the energy level low.” Rookie Syndergaard to start for Mets in Game 2 LATE GAME Game 1of the NL Championship Series between the Cubs and Mets ended too late for this edition. JAYNE KAMIN-ONCEA-USA TODAY SPORTS The Mets will send rookie Noah Syndergaard to the mound in G ame 2 of the NL Championship Series tonight. 2015 ALCS 2015 NLCS 2015 ALCS 2015 NLCS POSTSEASON LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES (Best-of-7;x-if necessary) American League Friday:Kansas City 5,Toronto 0 Saturday:Kansas City 6,Toronto 3 M onday,Oct.19:Kansas City (Cueto 11-13) a t Toronto (Stroman 4-0),8:07 p.m.(FS1) Tuesday,Oct.20:Kansas City at Toronto ( Dickey 11-11),4:07 p.m.(FS1) x-Wednesday,Oct.21:Kansas City at Toronto,4:07 p.m.(FS1) National League All games televised by TBS Saturday:Chicago (Lester 11-12) at New York (Harvey 13-8),8:07 p.m. S unday:Chicago (Arrieta 22-6) at New York, 8:07 p.m. Tuesday,Oct.20:New York at Chicago,8:07 p .m. Wednesday,Oct.21:New York at Chicago, 8:07 p.m. Royals 6,Blue Jays 3 TorontoABRHBIBBSOAvg. Revere lf500002.000 Donaldson 3b 511002. 250 B autista rf410011.000 Encarnacion dh 402102. 286 C olabello 1b402001.375 Tulowitzki ss402101.250 Ru.Martin c 300011. 000 P illar cf412000.286 Goins 2b301101.333 a-Pennington ph000010--- Totals363103311 Kansas CityABRHBIBBSOAvg. A.Escobar ss401001.429 Zobrist 2b411001.250 L.Cain cf311010.286 Hosmer 1b 321112. 286 K .Morales dh 300111. 167 M oustakas 3b412200.250 S.Perez c 400001. 143 A .Gordon lf 311101. 333 R ios rf301101.167 1-Orlando pr-rf000000--- Totals3168638 Toronto001002000—3100 Kansas City00000051x—680 a-walked for Goins in the 9th. 1-ran for Rios in the 7th. LOB—Toronto 9,Kansas City 4.2B—Cola- bello (1),Tulowitzki (1),Pillar (1),Goins (1), A.Gordon (2).RBIs—Encarnacion (1),Tulo- witzki (1),Goins (1),Hosmer (2),K.Morales (2),Moustakas 2 (2),A.Gordon (1),Rios (1). CS—L.Cain (1). Runners left in scoring position—Toronto 5 (Bautista 2,Goins 2,Ru.Martin);Kansas City 1 ( S.Perez).RISP—Toronto 3 for 16;Kansas City 5for 8. Runners moved up—Donaldson,K.Morales. D P—Kansas City 1(A.Escobar,Zobrist). TorontoIPHRERBBSONPERA Price L,0-1 6 2 ⁄ 3 6550896 6 .75 A a.Sanchez 2 ⁄ 3 10010150.00 Loup 1 ⁄ 3 1112012 9 .00 L owe 1 ⁄ 3 0000040.00 Kansas CityIPHRERBBSONPERA Ventura5 1 ⁄ 3 83326975.06 Hochevar 2 ⁄ 3 0000050.00 D.Duffy W, 1-0 100001160.00 K.Herrera H, 2110002110.00 W.Davis S, 1-1110012200.00 Inherited runners-scored—Aa.Sanchez 1-1, L oup 1-0,Lowe 2-0,Hochevar 3-0. Umpires—Home,Laz Diaz;First,John Hirschbeck;Second,Hunter Wendelstedt;Third, Dan I assogna;Left,Jeff Nelson;Right,Tony Randazzo. T—3:19.A—40,357 (37,903). This Date In Baseball 1910 — The Philadelphia Athletics pounded t he Chicago Cubs 9-3 for a 2-0 lead in the World Series.Eddie Collins had three hits,including two doubles,and two stolen bases. 1 950 — Connie Mack,at age 87,retired as m anager of the Philadelphia Athletics after 5 0 years,and Jimmy Dykes was named to rep lace him.Mack,together with Ben Shibe, f ounded the Athletics in 1901. 1 973 — The Mets’ Jerry Koosman and Tug McGraw combined to three-hit the Oakland A’s and take 3-2 lead in the World Series. 1977 — Reggie Jackson hit three consecutive home runs to lead New York to an 8-4 victory over the Los Angles Dodgers and give the Yankees the World Series title in six games.Jackson drove in five runs,and all three shots came on the first pitch. 1999 — Orlando Hernandez pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning and Derek Jeter hit a two-run homer as the New York Yankees won their record 36th pennant,beating the Boston Red Sox 6-1in Game 5 of the AL championship series. 2012 — Max Scherzer capped a stupendous stretch for Detroit’s starting rotation, and the Tigers advanced to the World Series by beating the New York Yankees 8-1for a four-game sweep of the AL championship series.Miguel C abrera and Jhonny Peralta hit two-run homers in a four-run fourth inning against CC Sa- bathia,who was unable to prevent the Yank ees from getting swept in a postseason series for the first time in 32 years.Austin Jackson added a solo shot in the seventh for Detroit,and Peralta hit another homer an inning later to make it 8-1.The Yankees hit .188 i n the postseason,a major-league record,and . 157 in the LCS. 2013 — Carlos Beltran and the Cardinals s tunned Clayton Kershaw with a four-run t hird inning,rookie Michael Wacha was again magnificent on the mound and St. Louis advanced to its second World Series in three seasons by roughing up the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-0 in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series.Beltran had three hits and drove in two runs while facing Kershaw and made a spectacular catch in right field.St. Louis handed Kershaw four losses this seas on,including the two in the NLCS. Today’s birthdays:Carson Blair, 26;Brad Miller,26;Yoenis Cespedes,30;David Murphy,34. KANSAS CITY, Mo. - T he Kansas City Royals kept waiting for Blue J ays ace David Price to give them some hope. It turned out to be Tor onto’s leaky defense that provided it. After managing one h it over six innings, Ben Zobrist’s easy fly that s omehow fell for a hit began a five-run rally against Price in the seventh inning Saturday. The Royals rolled the rest of the way to a 6-3 victory over Toronto and a 2-0 l ead in the AL Championship Series. “We needed to catch a break,” the Royals’ Alex Gordon said, “and Zobrist’s ball was it.” Luke Hochevar wiggled out of a jam to keep Kansas City in the game, and Danny Duffy and Kelvin Herrera got the ball to closer Wade Davis, w ho had to survive a shaky ninth to preserve t he win. Davis gave up a leadoff single and walked p inch-hitter Cliff Penn ington, but bounced back to strike out leadoff m an Ben Revere and M VP candidate Josh Dona ldson. Jose Bautista then flied out to right to give Davis his third postsea- s on save and the Royals another postseason come- b ack win. “Our guys never quit,” Royals manager Ned Yost s aid. “They keep going.” Even though they looked foolish flailing at P rice’s pitches — until the lazy fly ball by Zobrist c hanged everything. They proceeded to string together four singles and adouble in their go-ahead inning, getting run-producing hits from Gordon, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moust akas and Alex Rios, along with an RBI groun- dout from Kendrys Morales. It was a monumental collapse for Price, who had at one point recorded 18 straight outs. He fell to 0-7 in seven postseason starts, including a loss to Texas in their AL Division Series. “ I gave up hits at the wrong time,” he said. “I f elt good. It’s a very scrappy team. They put the ball in play. They con- t inued to battle. It’s just a t ough loss.” Meanwhile, the reign- i ng AL champs have won n ine straight ALCS g ames dating to their memorable seven-game series against Toronto in 1 985 — the year they won their only World Series. T he record is 10 straight wins set by Baltimore in the 1960s and ‘70s. N ow, the Blue Jays head home for Game 3 on Monday night in dire t rouble. All but three of the previous 25 teams to t ake a 2-0 lead in the best- of-seven era have won the series — though Toronto did rally from the same hole to beat the Rangers in five games in the division round. “ We’ve been here before,” shortstop Troy Tu- lowitzki said, “but it’s not aplace we want to be.” For most of the afternoon, it appeared the Blue Jays would forge a 1-1tie. Ryan Goins drove in a run off Ventura in the third, snapping an 18-inning scoreless streak by Royals pitchers. Edwin E ncarnacion and Troy Tu- lowitzki added to the lead i n the sixth. The way Price was carving up the lineup, a 3 -0 advantage looked to b e enough. The only bad pitch he t hrew the first six innings w as his first, which Alc ides Escobar swatted for aleadoff single. Price threw first-pitch strikes t o 12 of 14 batters at one point, and struck out the s ide in the sixth inning, giving no indication he was about to implode. “ We just needed to catch a break,” Mousta- kas said. “Price was t hrowing the ball unbelievable. We got the early h it and he was kind of cruising. We just needed to find a way to get a runner on base so we could do what we can, keep the line moving.” The mistake came w hen Zobrist sent a popup to shallow right field to start the seventh, and Goins gave chase from second base and Bautista from right field. Both wound up letting it drop for a single, and for the first time all game, a sellout crowd at Kauffman Stadium began to stir. “I put my glove up and p retty much was saying, ‘I’m going to make this p lay,’ and then I didn’t make the play,” Goins said, “so it’s on me.” L orenzo Cain followed w ith a clean single to extend his postseason hit s treak to 11games, m atching a franchise rec- o rd. Hosmer’s single got the Royals on the board, and Morales added an R BI groundout up the middle, before Mousta- k as came up. In a 2-for-25 slump and without an RBI this postseason, he pulled a tying double to right field to set the crowd of 40,357 into a frenzy. G ordon’s double gave Kansas City the lead. Rios a dded another single off reliever Aaron Sanchez to close the book on Price, who was dinged for all five runs in one disastrous inning. The last time he all owed five runs in an inning was May 8. The opponent: Kansas City. The Royals tacked on another run off the Toronto relief corps in the eighth, but it was hardly necessary. Kansas City’s own shutdown bullpen made certain the lead would stand up. “You got to get a win u nder your belt,” Blue Jays manager John Gibb ons said. “It won’t be easy, no doubt about that. But you get one win out of t he way it can turn things a round in a hurry.” AP Kansas City Royals' Mike Moustakas hits a RBI single against the Tornoto Blue Jays during the eighth inning on Saturday. The Royals won, 6-3. Little hit, big win as Royals take 2-0 lead DAVE SKRETTA ASSOCIATED PRESS

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