Royals Royals Royals Royals. The idea of winning the world series still feels like trying to grab handfuls of air. I just don’t know how to act or what to say. The Royals are pushing me towards having to find a better simile to describe my feelings.
First pitch of the game and Royals fans barely had time to take a seat (if they were even sitting at all) before Alcides Escobar roped a double to left field. Successive ground-outs by Alex Gordon and Lorenzo Cain were able to score a run and a multitude of high-fives were given among Royals fans across America. Yost’s decision to play Jarrod Dyson in center field and Lorenzo Cain in right paid huge dividends immediately as Cain made a great catch on a line drive hit by Buster Posey in the bottom of the first and another fly ball by Travis Ishikawa in the second.
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Things were reasonably quiet up until the sixth inning. Jeremy Guthrie hadn’t given up any runs but he hadn’t been overpowering in the slightest. Despite this fact, Yost had him lead off the sixth. There was plenty of grumbling on Twitter about this especially after he grounded out, but it was quickly forgotten as Escobar singled and ended up scoring a run on Gordo’s follow-up double. Hosmer was able to hit a single and score Gordon making the score 3-0 Royals.
Guthrie came out in the sixth inning and immediately gave up a single and a double and a run before finally getting pulled. Kelvin Herrera came in and gave up a walk before inducing three straight ground-outs that scored another run but kept the Royals out in front at 3-2. Herrera, Brandon Finnegan, Wade Davis, and Greg Holland came in to give us a modified version of the bullpen gauntlet we’ve come to know and love. Despite the fact that I wanted to throw up for three innings, we got through it and the Royals are two wins away from making me cry forever.
Jeremy Guthrie went five innings giving up four hits and two earned runs. He got a lot of help from his defense and got it to the bullpen (despite the sixth inning bridge being a little slippery) which is all you can ask for.
Two more. Just get two more.