Royals Win Series Against Blue Jays in Wild Fashion


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The Royals decided to enter the All-Star break in memorable fashion on Sunday as they took part in a ridiculous series finale against the Blue Jays.

Kansas City looked as if they were going to make this one a laugher in the bottom of the first inning. Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain sandwiched singles around a Mike Moustakas fly-out before Hosmer hit a single to drive in the first run of the game.

Kendrys Morales then stepped up and cleared the bases with a three-run homer to center to push the score to 4-0. Salvador Perez came to the plate and reached on a fielding error by Jose Reyes (the first of many for both teams) and Omar Infante hit a double to bring him home and make the score 5-0. Paulo Orlando was later able to drive in Infante with a single to make the score 6-0 in favor of the Royals before the Blue Jays were finally able to get out of the inning.

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Lorenzo Cain opened the bottom of the fifth inning with a double and was again driven home by a Hosmer single to make the score 7-0 and I was already working on my article title (something about the Royals cruising into the All-Star break) but then the Blue Jays came to bat in the top of the sixth.

Jose Reyes led off with an infield single and advanced to second when Devon Travis reached on a throwing error by Moustakas. Jose Bautista then doubled to score Reyes and move Travis to third. Edwin Encarnacion grounded to third and was thrown out but Travis scored and the count was 7-2.

Bautista stole third and Chris Colabello walked which prompted Ned Yost to bring in Ryan Madson for starter Edinson Volquez. The next play was what really set things in motion for the Blue Jays.

Russell Martin rolled a potential double-play ball to Alcides Escobar who bobbled it before tossing it to Omar Infante who bobbled the catch causing everyone to be safe while allowing Bautista to score. Danny Valencia and Kevin Pillar hit back-to-back doubles that scored two more runs and suddenly the Royals were only ahead by a score of 7-6.

Ezekiel Carrera singled to right to score Pillar and tie things up and was able to advance to second on the throw home. Devon Travis came to the plate and singled to right to score Carrera before the Royals put an end to the inning. The Blue Jays had scored eight runs in one inning.

Frustrations were high in my Pontiac Vibe as I drove home but the Royals came back quickly in the bottom of the inning. Infante and Rios hit back-to-back singles before Orlando advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt down the third base line.

Infante and Rios both scored when Jose Reyes let a ground ball hit by Escobar go through his legs. Moustakas got hit by a pitch to put him on and Lorenzo Cain was able to single to right to score Escobar before the inning ended. When the dust cleared, the Royals were winning 10-8.

The Blue Jays were able to score in the seventh with the help of another Royals’ fielding error. Chris Colabello was able to reach with one out on a faulty throw by Moustakas. A double by Russell Martin scored him to cut the deficit to one and the Blue Jays tied things up in the eighth when Kevin Pillar opened the frame with a triple and subsequently scored via a Jose Reyes single.

The score was now 10-10 and I was exhausted and expecting extra innings. Thankfully, Paulo Orlando helped me out in the bottom of the eighth with a solo home run and the Royals were able to sneak away with an 11-10 victory.

The Royals will return to action with a double-header against the White Sox in Chicago on Friday. They are 52-34.

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