Lorenzo Cain Wins ALCS MVP

Headed to the world series

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Greenville native, and Madison County High School graduate, Lorenzo Cain hasbeen named the American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player for 2014. The announcement was made shortly after the Kansas City Royals won 2-1 against the Baltimore Orioles, in the American League Championship Series, Wednesday.

Cain batted 8-for-15 (.533) in the series, scored five runs, with two doubles, two walks, a stolen base (the only stolen base of the series for the Royals) and had eight hits; which matched the franchise record for an ALCS set by Willie Wilson, back in 1985 against Toronto. He led the team in hits, runs and doubles (tied with Billy Butler) during the series.

Cain’s surprise bunt, in Wednesday’s game, advanced two runners. Both runners scored; the two runs that later secured the Royals’ win against the Orioles 2-1.

Cain and the Kansas City Royals are now headed to the World Series that begins Tuesday, Oct. 21. The Royals have now won eight straight postseason games in order to secure their spot in the World Series.

The ALCS began on Friday, Oct. 10, and the Royals were able to leave Oriole Park with an 8-6 win. The next night, the Royals were able to pull out another close win, 6-4. Monday night’s game was postponed until Tuesday night and the series shifted to Kauffman Stadium where the Royals kept their winning streak alive with a 2-1 victory. In their final game, the Royals went 2-1 to secure their place at the World Series.

This will be the Royals’ first appearance in the World Series since their championship season in 1985. After winning the prestigious MVP trophy, Cain was quoted as saying “I’m just trying to do whatever it takes to find a way to help this team win ballgames. I’m just going to continue to do that throughout the World Series as well.”

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Bryant Thigpen

Written by Bryant Thigpen