Update (6:22 PM EDT): Leading off the bottom of the seventh inning, a miscommunication on a Ben Zobrist pop-up, between right fielder Jose Bautista and second baseman Ryan Goins, ended Price’s streak at 18 consecutive batters retired.
Blue Jays lefty David Price allowed a leadoff single to Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar to lead off the bottom of the first inning in Game 2 of the ALCS on Saturday. It was not a harbinger of things to come.
Following Escobar’s single, Price proceeded to retire the next 18 batters he faced, setting a new post-season record for the Blue Jays, as Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star notes. Jimmy Key previously held the record, having retired 16 in a row against the Braves in Game 4 of the 1992 World Series. Don Larsen, of course, holds the overall post-season record at 27 with his perfect game in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series against the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Price, in six innings, has allowed just the one hit, racking up seven strikeouts while walking none on 66 pitches.