The Royals and A’s Wild Card Game by the Numbers

Royals take the Crown

In the city of BBQ, fountains and friendly people (and overall “coolness factor“), the Kansas City Royals hosted the Oakland A’s for a winner-take-all AL Wild Card game. For folks at the stadium, watching on TV or listening on the radio, the game turned out to be one they’ll remember for a long time.  Two light-hitting teams piled on the runs as fortunes shifted back and forth.  In a instant classic, the Royals edged the A’s with small ball, a roaring crowd and a never-give-up-attitude.

What do the numbers tell us?

The Royals and A’s Wild Card Game by the Numbers

  • Royals take the CrownCountless number of people who will say they were at the game
  • 817,653 tweets on game during the game
  • 90,000+ tweets in 5 minutes after walk off
  • 40, 502 stated attendance at Kauffman Stadium for the AL Wild Card game
  • 101.1 decibels inside Kauffman Stadium
  • 29 years since last playoff appearance by the Royals
  • 28 hits (Royals 15, A’s 13)
  • 21 hours between the Chiefs crushing the Patriots on Monday Night Football and the opening pitch of the Wild Card game
  • 12 innings played
  • 10 Royals’ batters retired in a row by A’s starter Jon Lester
  • 9 – 8 final score with the Royals edging the A’s
  • 7 stolen bases by the Royals
  • 6 at bats for Salvador Perez (one hit, but a big one)
  • 5 lead changes
  • 4 bunts by the Royals
  • 3 months since Royal reliever Brandon Finnegan was pitching in the College World Series
  • 2 teams played error free ball
  • 1 walk-off win
  • 0 wins for the A’s in winner-take-all games during the Billy Beane era

Next up for the Royals are the Los Angeles Angels. The Royals play the Angels on Thursday, October 2, at 8:07 p.m. on TBS.  The first game will be at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. The match-up will be a best-of-5 series.