Ever had a good Reuben? Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, sauerkraut? The Royals made a nice Reuben sandwich out of the Minnesota Twins visit to Kansas City. Sandwiching pickled meat (Sat’s 7-0 shutout) between 2 slices of rye bread. (Fri and Sun’s 4-3 comeback wins.)
Let’s savor Sunday’s comeback win:
Mike Moustakas smashed a home run to right center (423 feet) and halved the Twins lead, 2-1 in the 6th. It seemed as if the Royals had the Twins right where they wanted them.
Going into the bottom of the 9th the Twins bullpen ace and closer Glen Perkins took the mound and got Moose to fly out to left field for the first out. Lorenzo Cain then hit a solid single to center and the game was on. The Minneapolis AM radio station that broadcasts the game reported a huge decrease in listeners at this time.
Eric Hosmer came up and only got a triple out of his shot to deep left. Cain meandered in to make the score 3-2, Twins.
Kendrys Morales hit a sacrifice fly to deep left to tie the game at 3. Hard to tell if it was a great play by left-fielder Max Kepler or a bad read. He might have been auditioning for Dancing With The Stars.
The same MN radio station was reporting four listeners at this time. three die-hard Twins fans and one poorly mannered cockatoo that likes the laser surgery commercials.
Going into the 10th tied 3-3, Ned Yost showed a mean streak and also was very impatient. He brought Wade Davis in during a tied game, a non-save situation. Expect Ned to get a call from the commissioner’s office tomorrow. 1-2-3 for The Silent Assassin and we go to the bottom of the 10th. I would rather see Ned empty his bench in that situation and let everyone get a chance to play. Like tee-ball.
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To start the bottom of the 10th inning Minn pitcher Trevor May walked Christian Colon with no outs. Enter Terrence Gore as a pinch runner. May seemed more interested in Gore than the batter Paulo Orlando. May threw a low pickoff attempt that got away from first baseman Byung Ho Park and after a quick sprint, Gore was at 3rd with no outs.
After 2 outs and a Moustakas walk, in yet another mental mistake by the Twins this weekend, May threw a curve in the dirt. Gore jetted in and “boom boom out go the lights!” Royals win 4-3 again.
Everyone in the Greater Kansas City area was assuming Gore would score the walk-off run on a wild pitch. The Twins manager Paul Molitor should have walked out to the mound and said “Guys, I know it’s been a tough inning, but we have two outs, don’t throw a spike curve. Deal?”
The only catcher in baseball that makes that play every time is in the Royals dugout looking for the ice bucket to dump on Terrence Gore.
Trevor May had a bad day, in April.