Orioles-Royals, ALCS Game 4: Did you know?

Orioles-Royals, ALCS Game 4: Did you know?

The Royals clinched their first World Series berth in 29 years on Wednesday as they finished off their American League Championship Series sweep of the Orioles with a 2-1 victory in Game 4 at Kauffman Stadium.

Not only did the win send the Royals to the Fall Classic, but it was already the 14th one-run game league-wide this postseason, setting a new single-postseason record.

That wasn't the only record set in the ALCS. Here's a look at some of those other records, as well as the historical World Series success (or lack thereof) of teams coming off a sweep.

  Date   Recaps Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 10   KC 8, BAL 6 (10 inn.) video
Gm 2 Oct. 11   KC 6, BAL 4 video
Gm 3 Oct. 14   KC 2, BAL 1 video
Gm 4 Oct. 15   KC 2, BAL 1 video

• The Royals are the first team ever to start a postseason with eight straight victories. They're also just the second team with an eight-game winning streak at any point within a single postseason, joining the 2004 Red Sox. That Red Sox team famously won four straight after falling behind the Yankees, 3-0, in the ALCS then swept the World Series.

• The Royals have won 11 straight postseason games overall, tied for the second-longest streak of all-time. They are just one win shy of the all-time record, a mark reached by the Yankees on two separate occasions. The Yanks won 12 straight from 1932-37 and again from 1998-99. The Giants saw a 10-game postseason winning streak snapped earlier this month, in Game 3 of their National League Division Series against the Nationals.

• Not all the numbers, however, rest in the Royals' favor. Of the six previous teams to record a sweep in the LCS since it became a best-of-seven series, five went on to lose the World Series -- with three then being swept themselves. The 1995 Braves are the only team to sweep the LCS then go on to win the World Series. They swept four games from the Reds then defeated the Indians in six games.

• The Royals are also just the second team to sweep both the Division Series and LCS, joining the 2007 Rockies. That Rockies team was swept by the Red Sox in the World Series.

• Despite the sweep, Royals starter Jason Vargas was the first starting pitcher this series to earn a victory. The Royals became just the fourth team since the ALCS became a best-of-seven series in 1985 to advance to the World Series despite getting no more than one win from a starter during the ALCS. The 1988 A's also had just one starter earn a victory in their ALCS triumph, while the 2011 Rangers and 1997 Indians both advanced despite not getting a single win out of their starters.

Vargas' strong outing

Video: Vargas fans six

• The Royals also set a new postseason record for fewest innings pitched by the starters of a winning team in a best-of-seven series. They combined to pitch 21 innings, one out fewer than the previous record-low of 21 1/3 innings by that same 1988 A's team.

• Royals closer Greg Holland notched a save in all four games of the ALCS, joining Dennis Eckersley from that '88 A's club as the only pitchers with four saves in an LCS. Only one other pitcher, John Wetteland (Yankees) in the 1996 World Series, saved all four of his team's victories in a best-of-seven series.

• The Royals improved to 75-1 this year, including 3-0 in the postseason, when leading after seven innings.

Royals clinch, head to WS

Video: Holland, Royals complete sweep

• Making that all the more impressive is the fact that the Orioles scored 12 runs in the eighth inning in their AL Division Series victory over the Tigers. They didn't score a single eighth-inning run over their four ALCS losses to the Royals.

Lorenzo Cain, who was named the ALCS MVP, made the most of his first career sacrifice bunt on Wednesday. Cain's first-inning bunt not only helped set up the Royals' only two runs, but it was also the first sacrifice bunt by a No. 3 hitter the first inning of a postseason game since Steve Garvey dropped one down in 1984.

• This marked the first time the Orioles were swept out of the postseason in franchise history. They had played in 20 postseason series previously without ever being swept.

• Orioles third baseman Ryan Flaherty hit his second career postseason homer in the Game 4 loss, both of which have come out of the No. 8 spot. Flaherty's other such homer came in Game 3 of the 2012 ALDS against Hiroki Kuroda and the Yankees. Throughout franchise history, the Orioles' No. 8 hitters have hit nine postseason HRs. Their Nos. 5 and 6 hitters have hit that same number.

Flaherty's solo shot

Video: Flaherty's solo homer

• The home run was also the first one Flaherty hit on the road this season. Each of his seven regular-season homers came at Orioles Park at Camden Yards. His last road home run prior to Wednesday was hit on June 23, 2013 at Toronto.

Paul Casella is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @paul_casella. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.