Kansas City Royals Countdown: Top 10 Moments of 2015 Postseason Run
No. 4 Eighth-Inning Rally in ALDS Game 4
There’s just something about the eighth inning that brings out the best in the Kansas City Royals. It started, of course, with the 2014 Wild Card Game. But several times since then, the team has found a way to come back in the penultimate frame. This is arguably the best example.
While the Wild Card Game comeback was huge, it didn’t all happen at once. The team scored three in the eighth to get back in the game, one in the ninth to tie, and then two in the 12th to win. This time the Kansas City Royals came all the way back at once.
With the club already on the brink of elimination, back-to-back home runs by Carlos Correa—his second of the game—and Colby Rasmus seemed to have sealed the Kansas City Royals’ fate.
Facing a 6-2 deficit, the Royals reeled off five consecutive singles to start the eighth inning. That pulled the team within two runs and gave them the bases loaded with nobody out. The turning point came next, though.
Morales hit a ball up the middle that skipped off the mound. It bounced directly towards Correa, who had a chance for a simple 6-3 double-play. But the ball inexplicably skipped by the shortstop allowing the tying runs to score.
A pinch-running Dyson stole second base before Moustakas struck out. A walk to Butera loaded the bases again, and Gordon gave the Kansas City Royals the lead on an RBI-groundout.
Hosmer added some insurance with a massive two-run homer in the ninth inning. The win forced Game 5, and, as you’ve already seen, Cueto took it from there.