Oct 3, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels pinch runner Gordon Beckham (18) is forced out on the front end of a double play by Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar (2) during the 10th inning in game two of the 2014 ALDS playoff baseball game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
There were three former Chicago White Sox players eliminated from the MLB postseason on Sunday, with the Kansas City Royals sweeping the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the ALDS in three games.
The Royals moved onto the ALCS with an 8-3 win on Sunday over the Angels, and with that sent former White Sox players Gordon Beckham, Hector Santiago and Jason Grilli packing, putting an end to the season of the Angels.
Oct 3, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Jason Grilli (39) throws a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the seventh inning in game two of the 2014 ALDS playoff baseball game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
In Sunday’s loss by the Angels, Santiago pitched 1.1 innings of relief, allowing two earned runs on one hit and two walks. The former White Sox pitcher and current Angels reliever also gave up a home run to Eric Hosmer in the third inning.
Grilli pitched one inning of relief, allowing no earned runs. He struck out one.
Beckham didn’t play in Game 3. Beckham was mostly a pinch runner and defensive replacement at third base for the Angels in this series. He was hit by a pitch in Game 1 of the series.
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The two previous games of this ALDS saw the Royals win Game 1 by a 3-2 score in 11 innings and 4-1 in Game 2 also in 11 innings.
For the Royals, who are headed to the ALCS are former White Sox players Jayson Nix, Scott Downs and Jason Frasor. Frasor pitched in the first two games of the series for a combined 1.1 innings of relief.
The Royals will face the Baltimore Orioles on Friday in Game 1 of the ALCS. The former White Sox player on the O’s is Alejandro De Aza. The O’s swept the AL Central champion Detroit Tigers, eliminating them on Sunday.