Royals Survive Crazy 9th to Beat Tigers, 11-8
While everybody else in the U.S seemed to be watching the World Cup, Kansas Citians gathered everywhere to watch their Royals try and tame the Detroit Tigers. For those of you that did not watch, sit back, and I will fill you in.
Oh, well... The Royaling is back. A Billy Butler walk, and an Alex Gordon single put two on with zero out in the second inning. After a Salvador Perez strikeout, Lorenzo Cain came up to bat. Cain hit a fly ball to Detroit center fielder, Austin Jackson that doubled off Billy Butler. The thing about this particular double play is that everybody knew that this ball would be caught. Everyone except for Billy. With only one out, this is a costly mistake for the Royals, but they would more than make up for that one run.
The first Detroit run came in the third inning when Alex Avila singled to right, and Rajai Davis doubled him in. The other Tigers run came in the fourth inning when Victor Martinez scored on an Austin Jackson single.
It would literally be ALL Royals on offense until the ninth inning. When I say all, I mean batten down the hatches, pilot to bombardier, the Royals are about to unleash their wrath upon you, and all of your men.
The Royals first put themselves on the board with a 4-run fifth inning. With Alcides Escobar and Nori Aoki aboard, Omar Infante singled in Alcides Escobar from third. Eric Hosmer then singled to load the bases for Billy Butler. Billy had some making up to do for earlier in the game when he got doubled up on a Lorenzo Cain fly ball. He would more than make up for it with a bases clearing double.
Kansas City added two more in the sixth to take a 7-2 lead. With two on, Omar Infante hit a three run shot to left field.
The Boys in Blue continued to pour it on in the seventh with another 4-run inning. Butler got things started with a double to left. With Alex Gordon on, Salvador Perez reached on an error to score Billy Butler. Lorenzo Cain then singled in Gordon to make it a 9-2. Alcides Escobar then scored Gordon and Cain on a hit of his own to give the Royals an 11-2 lead.
Just when we thought this game was ours for the taking, the Tigers scored six runs in the ninth off of Donnie Joseph to cut Kansas City's lead to three. Thankfully, Michael Mariot would come in and get the final out. I would not be surprised to see Donnie Joseph back in AAA by the week's end.
Jason Vargas went 7.0 innings, and scattered seven hits while only giving up two earned runs. Vargas earned his seventh win of the year to give the first two Royals starters 15 combined wins so far this year. I was really hoping to get another, "Vargy did good" quote from one of the guys in the lineup, but I can't have everything.
The Royals are now 0.5 games back of first place, and climbing. The Royals now have an 8-game winning streak, and are so close to first place that I can almost taste it. It's a great time to be a Royals fan.