Kansas City Royals need Extra Innings for Sixth Straight Win
By Eric Boston
The Kansas City Royals came in to Detroit riding a five game winning streak. On top of that they pulled off a six-player deal before the Monday night showdown. Could the team keep the momentum going as they look pass Cleveland for the AL Central lead?
Jason Hammel started the game for the Kansas City Royals. At this point I could almost just copy and paste how the game will play out. Hammel was given a 3-0 lead and looked like a Cy Young winner through the first five innings.
A wild pitch by Tigers’ starter Justin Verlander allowed the first run in the fourth. Jorge Bonifacio scored on the wild pitch and Lorenzo Cain moved up to third. Mike Moustakas brought LoCain home with a sac fly.
In the top of the sixth Bonifacio would strike again. That’s right Boni went to Dong Town for his 14th big fly on the season. Don’t look now, but it appears that Jorge is heating up again. After two homeruns over the weekend it is good to see him keep showing off the power stroke.
By now you would think that Ned Yost would know you have to pull Hammel out of the game after five innings. But that is a lesson he apparently has yet to learn that important information. In the bottom of the inning Miguel Cabrera singled home Ian Kinsler. Alex Avila then came through with a bases loaded, 2-RBI, single to tie the game. Oh Jason…I can’t even come up with a good rant at this point.
Peter Moylan continued his strong run as he came in to provide 1.1 IP of no hit ball. I’ll be honest I just wanted to mention Peter, that guy is awesome! Can’t we just plan on him coming in in the sixth inning each Hammel start for the rest of the season?
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With game still tied 3-3 in the eighth Joakim Soria came in to face the heart of the Detroit order. Jack struck out Justin Upton and Cabrera before getting Nick Castellanos to ground for a 1-2-3 inning. Don’t believe me if you want people. BUT JACK IS BACK SUCKERS!
Of course this would be an extra innings game. Don’t these teams know I have a final paper to finish? But Kansas City Royals baseball > history papers, so here we go.
We resume the game in the top of the 12th inning. On a changeup that stayed high in the zone Salvador Perez decided to take a cruise through Dong Town. Salvy’s 20th jack of the season gave the Royals a 4-3 in extra frames. But it’s never fun to party alone.
Michael Moustakas sent his team leading 29th homerun ball into the Michigan night sky. The Kansas City Royals are starting to get pretty good at this back-to-back thing aren’t they? Anyone want to adjust their prediction of when Moose breaks the record?
And just like it was scripted Kelvin Herrera came in to shut the door in the bottom of the 12th. It was save number 20 for KH on the year. Easy to say that today in Kansas City Royals baseball we got a little bit of everything.
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That makes six straight wins for the Royals. The team is now 51-47 on the year. Those pesky Clevelanders notched another win as well so no ground made on the division tonight. Good thing there is another game tomorrow. Let’s see if it can live up to the hype!