8. July 12, 2015: Paulo Orlando Homers To Down Blue Jays Before The All-Star Break
Kansas City Royals fans didn’t have long to wait before the team showed their mettle. Four days after losing team leader Alex Gordon, the Royals locked up in a back-and-forth contest with future AL East champion Toronto Blue Jays in the final game before the All-Star break.
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The KC Royals seemed to have put the game away by zooming out to a seven run lead by the sixth inning, but committed a series of uncharacteristic errors to help Toronto to score 10 runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
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In a game which had a last-day-of-school feel, it would have been easy for the KC Royals to simply let it go and take off for the holiday. Instead, they mounted a furious comeback, aided by sloppy defense from the Blue Jays, to claw their way a 10-10 tie in the bottom of the eighth.
At this point, both teams had blown large leads, and both had played a messy game. In the end, it was the Kansas City Royals that won the ugly game when Paulo Orlando led off the eighth with a solo home run.
Not only did Alex Gordon’s backup show he could step in for the team leader, the KC Royals gave their fans a taste of the late inning “devil magic” that would carry them to the 2015 title.
Next: September 30, 2015