Wade Davis has been lights out all year, helping the Royals transition seamlessly after Greg Holland was ineffective and injured. He finished the regular season with a 0.94 ERA, 17 saves in 18 opportunities, and a 78/20 K/BB ratio across 67 1/3 innings. Entering Game 5 of the World Series, Davis had tossed 9 2/3 scoreless innings with four saves and a 15/3 K/BB ratio.
Davis remained money for the Royals, though a five-run lead certainly alleviated any pressure he might have had in pitching a potential clincher. In the bottom of the 12th inning, Davis struck out Lucas Duda and Travis d'Arnaud, then worked around a one-out Michael Conforto single by striking out Wilmer Flores.
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