Jun 3, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas (8) celebrates with first baseman Eric Hosmer (35) after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 8-7 at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Hosmer Caps Royals 8-7 Comeback Win Against Cardinals


Typically, with James Shields on the mound, the Royals know they are going to get a well pitched game. That did not turn out to be the case tonight, but the offense continued their resurgence to lead the Kansas City Royals to an 8-7 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cardinals had their chances against Shields from the start, loading the bases against him in the first with one out. That time, Shields was able to escape unscathed after inducing Yadier Molina to ground into a double play. St. Louis loaded the bases again in the second, this time with two outs, bringing up Kolten Wong. Wong, who had yet to hit a major league home run prior to that at bat, proceeded to hit the ball into the bleachers in right for a grand slam, giving the Cardinals a 4-0 lead.

Jamie Garcia, the Cardinals starter, cruised through the Royals lineup through the first four innings. However, he completely lost his command in the top of the fifth. After striking out Lorenzo Cain and getting Mike Moustakas into an 0-2 hole, Garcia unraveled. Moustakas belted a double to deep center, and the Royals offense ignited. Alcides Escobar tripled to drive in Moustakas, and scored on a double by James Shields. Shields then scored on Nori Aoki‘s base hit, to cut the Cardinals lead to one. With runners on the corners and two out, Alex Gordon hit a drive to deep right for a three run home run, giving the Royals a 6-4 lead.

That lead would not last long. The Cardinals tied the game right back up in the bottom of the inning, aided by Moustakas’s second error of the game. A sacrifice fly and a base hit by Jhonny Peralta brought the Redbirds back into a tie, undoing all the work of the previous half of the inning. St. Louis took the lead once again in the bottom of the sixth. Peter Bourjos, who entered the game as part of a double switch in the top half of the inning, homered on the third pitch he saw from Shields, putting the Cardinals ahead 7-6.

The Royals offense, which had been dormant through much of this season, was not done. Kansas City put runners on first and second with one out in the top of the eighth on a base hit from Salvador Perez and an infield hit for the pinch hitting Billy Butler. After an out, Escobar had an infield hit to second, allowing Perez to score to tie the game.

The Royals completed the comeback in the top of the ninth against Trevor Rosenthal. With one out, Omar Infante doubled to deep right, and scored on a base hit by Eric Hosmer, putting the Royals ahead 8-7. Greg Holland came on in the bottom of the inning, and sealed the victory for the Royals.

Wade Davis picked up the victory, striking out one in a scoreless inning of work. Shields allowed seven runs, five earned, on nine hits and four walks, striking out only one in his 5.1 innings of work. He was, however, 2-2 with a double, an RBI and a run scored at the plate.

Eric Hosmer was 2-4 with a run scored and the game winning RBI.

Tags: Eric Hosmer James Shields Kansas City Royals

  • jimfetterolf

    Maybe if the Royals fire Moore and Yost they can pick up the cards’ GM and manager? But seriously, a 4-2 road trip against the Jays and Cards is nice, although I can hear St. Louis fans shrieking from here. Royals are 2-1 since Moose came back, because leadership :)

    • Dave Hill

      I’ll take the 4-2 road trip. Would have been nice to get two of three from the Astros, but at least this made up for it. :)

      • jimfetterolf

        Baseball is like that. Looked at the Cards’ feed on MLB and their Negative Nancys are screaming for Matheny’s head. The team’s a disaster, Wainwright’s the only pitcher worth a damn, getting swept by the Royals shows everybody has got to go. About the same stuff I saw on Toronto’s feed after the first two games up there.

        • Dave Hill

          Pretty sure that aside from A’s and Giants fans, a lot of fans have a good deal of complaining that they are doing. :)

          • jimfetterolf

            And it’s all the same gripes with only the names changed. I remember ’85 and all the grief Dick Howser took.

    • Ryan Caltrider

      I would gladly trade Moore for a GM that has two World Series appearances under his belt and with one World Series ring.

      • jimfetterolf

        Might get the opportunity. Tampa may also have an opening. That might be better, as StL’s GM will be expensive and probably looking for a big market job.

        • Ryan Caltrider

          I would prefer to have Tampa’s manager.

          • jimfetterolf

            He might be available also. KC fans aren’t the only ones howling for a scapegoat. I’ve been reading other teams’ blogs and comments on MLB’s news feed and it’s the same stuff I see in this market with just the names changed. Who would have guessed that Mike Matheny is also an idiot?

          • Ryan Caltrider

            The difference is, Madden is generally seen as a very good manager (outside of the lunatic fringe) and Ned Yost is not, and never has been.

          • jimfetterolf

            Perhaps. Managers look like geniuses when they have talent that performs. It’s really not a critically important job, which is why we can all do it better than Yost. Having the worst record in the AL changes perceptions of a manager. GM is much tougher and more important, especially in a small market.

  • Geogman

    Only time will tell whether this road trip was an outlier or the start of putting something together. After the Cards and the Yankees they have nine straight against division opponents. If they are going to establish themselves as playoff contenders they’re going to have to play better the 500 ball. Perhaps the demotion of Grifol and Moore’s comments have shaken the country club atmosphere that is the Royals’ clubhouse under Moore and Yost’s leadership.

    • jimfetterolf

      Or perhaps it’s just the nature of the game, good pitchers sometimes have bad games, 2nd basemen with no power sometimes put one in the stands with runners on, arms get sore, hitters get fooled. Bad luck, good luck, tends to balance out. Hosmer’s stride is still too long and Billy would rather take a single oppo than wait for a cookie he can drive, so Sveum has some work to do.

      Haven’t been in the clubhouse, so can’t testify on that. I do remember in earlier years Yost ran a tight one and people complained that silly rules was the problem.

      • Geogman

        All true. There is and ebb and flow to every season, players and teams alike. But something about the Royals leads to the conclusion that there is more than just the nature of the game at play here. Inconsistency points to a bigger problem on some level. Diagnosing it is always difficult but teams generally end up reflecting the personality of the manager and Yost can best be described as erratic.

        • jimfetterolf

          Just read a Cardinals’ fansided site that informed me that “Mike Matheny’s management continues to cost the St. Louis Cardinals” and proceeded to rip him for nearly everything last night. Then read Rays Colored Glasses about the poor drafts and how the team is teetering on the edge and about to sell off vets and start over.

          Teams reflect talent and execution.

          • Dave Hill

            The Rays have had a couple of drafts that have yet to pan out. However, I find it hard to believe that Rays fans would be so quick to dismiss the track record that the team has had. Besides, I don’t think a draft can be looked at accurately until at least five years have passed. Complaining about the 2012 or 2013 drafts would be pointless at this juncture.

          • jimfetterolf

            This site doesn’t let me post links, but I went to fansided at the top and looked at other markets as well as read other teams’ feed and comments on MLB. This is a nationwide phenomenon.