Angels-Royals, Game 3: Did you know?

Angels-Royals, Game 3: Did you know?

Behind a balanced offensive attack and spectacular defense, the Royals beat the Angels, 8-3, on Sunday night, sweeping the American League Division Series. Kansas City will face Baltimore in the AL Championship Series starting Friday.

Here's what you need to know about Kansas City's Game 3 win:

• The Royals advanced to their first ALCS since 1985, when they won the World Series. They also pushed their playoff record this season to 4-0.

  Date Time Matchup/Result Network
Gm 1 Oct. 2   KC 3, LAA 2 video
Gm 2 Oct. 3   KC 4, LAA 1 video
Gm 3 Oct. 5   KC 8, LAA 3 video
• It was the first time in Major League history that the team with baseball's best regular-season record was swept in the Division Series.

• Dating back to the regular season, the Angels lost six games in a row to finish their campaign. It was the longest losing streak of the season for them.

• For the Royals, the ALDS was their second series sweep in postseason history, joining the 1980 sweep over the Yankees in the ALCS. The Angels, meanwhile, have now been swept out of the postseason in three of their last six appearances.

• Both Kansas City and Baltimore swept their opponents in the ALDS, marking the fourth time two Division Series in the same league ended in sweeps. It last happened in 2009, when the Yankees and Angels both swept their way to the ALCS.

Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer each had two home runs in the ALDS, marking the third time in Royals postseason history the club had two players each hit more than one homer in the same series.

• After connecting on an 11th-inning blast in Game 2, Hosmer hit a two-run homer in Sunday's third inning. He last homered in back-to-back games on July 9-10, and he became the first Royals player to do so in consecutive games in the same postseason.

• In 162 games in the regular season, Royals No. 9 hitters had just one home run. In three games against the Angels in the ALDS, Kansas City's No. 9 hitter (Moustakas) had two homers.

• In their previous 38 games, the Royals had homered twice in a game just once.

Billy Butler stole a base in the bottom of the third inning, his first since July 5, 2012.

• The Angels finished the series hitting just 2-for-25 with runners in scoring position. Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton combined to go 3-for-37 overall.

• Hamilton became just the seventh player in the Wild Card era to not reach base safely in the Division Series (minimum 10 plate appearances). He went 0-for-13.

• The Angels used eight different pitchers on Sunday, the most in franchise history in a postseason game.

C.J. Wilson became just the second starting pitcher in the last 10 postseasons to last less than one inning. Wilson recorded two outs Sunday, allowing three runs on three hits, before he was taken out in the first inning.

Matthew DeFranks is an associate reporter for Follow him on Twitter @MDeFranks. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.