Kansas City Royals Countdown: Top 10 Moments of 2015 Postseason Run

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Salvador Perez
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 01: Salvador Perez /
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No. 6 12th-Inning Outburst in World Series Game 5

The Kansas City Royals became famous during their postseason runs for not relying much on the home run. Sure they had their fair share of clutch blasts, particularly in 2014, but rallies coming from just making contact were their speciality.

So it’s fitting that one of those outbursts sealed the World Series title.

With Addison Reed on the hill, Perez opened the 12th inning of Game 5 with a single. Jarrod Dyson came on to run for him and promptly swiped second base. He moved to third on a groundout. Christian Colon‘s clutch single (Where have we heard that before?) brought in the go-ahead run. It was his only at-bat of the postseason.

Colon, who was designated for assignment early in the 2017 season, finished his Kansas City Royals career with two of the most clutch hits in franchise history. They came in his only two official at-bats in the playoffs. His only other postseason plate appearance ended in a sacrifice bunt.

His tie-breaking knock against the Mets would have probably topped the list if the Royals hadn’t exploded with four more runs in the inning. Although, I’m sure nobody complained about having that kind of cushion.

After Daniel Murphy made a costly error that allowed Paulo Orlando to reach, Escobar doubled to make it 4-2. Zobrist drew an intentional walk to load the bases. In came Bartolo Colon, who gave up the back-breaking three-run double to Cain.

It allowed all Kansas City Royals fans to breathe much easier when the bottom of the 12th finally happened.