The Royals won their first postseason game in 29 years in thrilling fashion with a 9-8, 12-inning victory over the A's in the American League Wild Card Game on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. And they did it by running their way into the postseason history books.
• Kansas City tied an MLB postseason single-game record with seven stolen bases. According to ESPN Stats & Information, only two other teams ever accomplished that feat: the 1907 Cubs and the '75 Reds. Five of the seven players that stole a base scored runs, which hits home the fact that the Royals would not have won this game if not for their aggressive baserunning.
||KC 9, OAK 8
• The seven different Royals who stole a base were Nori Aoki, Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain, Terrance Gore, Alex Gordon, Jarrod Dyson and Christian Colon, and that set a new postseason single-game record. Colon scored on Salvador Perez's walk-off single in the 12th.
• Kansas City set a playoff record with four stolen bases in one inning, accomplishing the feat in a three-run eighth that cut its deficit from 7-3 to 7-6.
Trailing by a run in the ninth, the Royals sent Josh Willingham to the plate as a pinch-hitter for Mike Moustakas. Willingham singled and Dyson entered as a pinch-runner. Escobar followed with a sacrifice bunt to move Dyson to second. With Aoki at the plate, Dyson swiped third for the Royals' sixth stolen base of the contest.
Aoki then hit a sacrifice fly to the warning track in right, scoring Dyson to even the score and force extra innings.
Manny Randhawa is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.