Former Eagle Cain in World Series again with Royals

Special to the Outlook

Tallahassee Community College alum Lorenzo Cain is headed back to baseball’s Fall Classic with the Kansas City Royals.


Cain scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth and the Royals survived a dramatic ninth inning to claim a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night and win the American League Championship Series in six games.


Kansas City, who has home field advantage, will play the New York Mets in the World Series. Game 1 is Tuesday night and can be seen locally on WTLH-Fox 49.


Cain, the Royals’ dynamic centerfielder, was last year’s ALCS MVP when Kansas City came within one win of a world championship. Earlier in the Toronto series, he established a franchise record by extending his postseason hitting streak to 13 games. Then, on Friday, he scored a run for the ages, one that gave Kansas City its second straight American League pennant.


With the game tied at 3-all, Cain drew a leadoff walk to start the Royals’ eighth. The next batter, Eric Hosmer, roped a hit to the right field corner and while Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista did a good job holding Hosmer to a single, the speedy Cain never broke stride and scored all the way from first – a highlight that has been played hundreds of times across various sports networks since late Friday night.


Cain batted .300 (6-for-20) with three runs scored and five RBIs in the ALCS and is hitting .275 (11-for-40) through 11 postseason games in 2015.


A native of nearby Madison, Cain played for Mike McLeod’s Eagles in 2005 then began his professional career in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. Kansas City acquired Cain in 2010 as part of a trade for pitcher Zack Greinke.