KC's historic comeback and other crazy stats

KC's historic comeback and other crazy stats

The American League Wild Card Game could not have been any wilder. The Royals defeated the A's, 9-8, in 12 innings after erasing a four-run deficit over the eighth and ninth frames and a one-run deficit in the 12th in a contest that featured an entire season's worth of twists and turns.

After the drama unfolded and the dust settled, we were left with some remarkable stats to help tell the story.

• Kansas City became the first team to come back from at least four runs down in the eighth inning or later of a winner-take-all playoff game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

• Seven Royals stole a base, setting a postseason record. The thieves: Nori Aoki, Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain, Terrance Gore, Alex Gordon, Jarrod Dyson and Christian Colon. Five of the seven scored.

• Per ESPN Stats & Info, the Royals in the eighth became the first team with four stolen bases in one inning of a postseason game. The seven total steals tied a single-game postseason record, matching the 1907 Cubs and '75 Reds. Six of those steals came off A's catcher Derek Norris, who had replaced Geovany Soto in the third inning after Soto jammed his left thumb.

• The Royals put down four sacrifice bunts, the most in a playoff game since 2007, when the Indians produced four against the Yankees in Game 2 of the AL Division Series. The MLB record, five, was set by the Cubs in Game 4 of the 1906 World Series, a 1-0 victory over the White Sox.

• A's designated hitter Brandon Moss, who finished the regular season with two home runs in his last 154 at-bats, hit two in five at-bats, one each off James Shields and Yordano Ventura, on Tuesday, becoming the eighth player with two long balls in a decisive playoff game.

• Moss also became the first Oakland player to have at least two home runs and five RBIs in a postseason contest, and those five RBIs set an A's single-game postseason record.

• Shields was pulled by Royals manager Ned Yost after 88 pitches, the fewest he had thrown since July 27, 2011. On that day, as a member of the Rays, he gave up a career-high-tying 10 runs to ... the A's.

• Ventura, who replaced Shields and served up a three-run homer to Moss, threw 73 pitches in the Royals' final regular-season game, against the White Sox, on Sunday.

Jon Lester allowed six earned runs, the most he has ever allowed in 14 playoff appearances (12 starts) and the second most he allowed in 2014 (following the seven he gave up on May 22 vs. Toronto). It was the only time he gave up more than three runs with the A's, and it was his first non-quality start since June 7, when he was still with the Red Sox.

• According to the TBS broadcast, Lester was 85-1 in his career when given a lead of three runs or more. He was handed a four-run lead on Tuesday, and although he was in line for the win when he exited, he could only watch the Royals pull close in the eighth and ultimately leave him with a no-decision.

• Before he contributed a go-ahead RBI for the A's in the top of the 12th, Alberto Callaspo's last RBI had come on Aug. 24. He finished the regular season 4-for-his-last-50.

• Per ESPN Stats & Info, the A's were 36-1 in the regular season when scoring seven runs or more. Only the Angels (38-1) were better.

• And one more amazing note, courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau: 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.

Aaron Leibowitz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.