Date: October 1, 2014

Elias Says...

By Elias Sports Bureau, Inc.
Special to ESPN.com

MLB

Wild Card Game goes a dozen innings

From Elias: The Athletics and Royals needed 12 innings to decide the winner of the 2014 American League Wild Card Game. That matched the longest "winner-take-all" game in terms of innings in postseason history. Game Seven of the 1924 World Series between the Senators and Giants also went 12 innings. Washington won the game and the series, 4-3. Earl McNeely knocked in the winning run with a double.

Royals overcome four-run deficit

From Elias: The Royals overcame a 7-3 deficit in the eighth inning and an 8-7 deficit in the twelfth inning for the win. Kansas City is the fourth team in major-league history to win a decisive postseason game despite trailing by four-or-more runs, the first to do it despite facing such a deficit in the sixth inning or later. The Cardinals trailed the Nationals by six runs in Game Five of the 2012 NLDS, the Yankees overcame a four-run deficit in Game Seven of the 2003 ALCS and the Pirates trailed the Senators by four runs in Game Seven of the 1925 World Series.

Royals steal a win

From Elias: The Royals stole seven bases in their win over the A's Tuesday night, tying a postseason record for one team in one game. The Cubs stole seven bases in Game One of the 1907 World Series and the Reds had seven steals in the Game Two of the 1975 NLCS.

Six of the Royals stolen bases came while they were behind in the score. That's the most score-trailing steals in one game in postseason history. The previous record for such a thing was four, done twice.

Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain, Terrance Gore and Alex Gordon stole bases in the eighth inning as the Royals mounted a comeback. The Royals are the first team in major-league history to have four stolen bases in one inning in a postseason game.

Worth the wait

From Elias: The Royals went 29 years (more than 10,000 days) between postseason games - each a winner-take-all victory - with slightly different levels of late-game drama: in Game Seven of the 1985 World Series, the Royals coasted to an 11-0 shutout victory over the Cardinals behind Bret Saberhagen. Tuesday night, the Royals won after being down by four runs in the eighth, one in the ninth, and one in the twelfth.

It's been a long wait for Royals fans

From Elias: The Royals played their first postseason game in almost 29 years on Tuesday night (Oct. 27, 1985, World Series Game 7). In 2012, the Nationals ended a span of 31 years between postseason games by the franchise (since the 1981 Expos), but Kansas City's 29-year gap between postseason games is the longest for a franchise that played in one city since the Indians went 41 years between the 1954 World Series and 1995 American League Division Series.

New battery for the A's

From Elias: Oakland's starting battery in their Wild Card Game against the Royals on Tuesday night - Jon Lester and Geovany Soto - both played for other teams earlier this season. Only two other teams started a pitcher and catcher in their postseason opener who played for other teams earlier that season: the 1923 Giants (Mule Watson and Hank Gowdy) and the 2010 Rangers (Cliff Lee and Bengie Molina).

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Moss

Moss goes deep twice

From Elias: Brandon Moss hit two homers and drove in five runs in the A's loss to the Royals in the American League Wild Card Game. Moss is the sixth player to hit at least two homers and knock in five or more runs in his team's first playoff game of a season. The others to do it are Ted Kluszewski for the White Sox in 1959, Will Clark for the Giants in 1989, Mo Vaughn for the Red Sox in 1998, Edgardo Alfonzo for the Mets in 1999 and Kelly Shoppach for the Rays in 2011.


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