No Wind in Chicago's Sale as Royals Best Sox
"The Hunt for Blue October" is a live and well this September.
Last week, the team was on the brink of disaster, and fans, including myself, were slowly starting to give up on our beloved Royals. After taking two out of three from the Chicago White Sox, the people have slowly been sucked back in, and have regained the slightest bit of hope.
After dropping the longest game in Royals history in the later innings of yesterday's game, Chicago got out to an early 1-0 lead when Yordano Ventura loaded the bases with no outs in the third inning. One run was only the Sox could muster up against the young power pitcher in seven phenomenal innings. The Royals could not have asked for a better performance from their young rookie tonight. Tonight's start was a good way to sum up his rookie year: A young kid that pitches like he's been in the league for years. Yordano Ventura's maturity is unbelievable, and quite honestly, it's fun to watch.
Down 1-0, everybody thought that managing a W was hopeless against one of the best lefties in the league, Chris Sale. The exact opposite would be true, as Kansas City stormed back with a big four-run third inning, highlighted by a Lorenzo Cain three-run bomb. That would be all the offense that the Royals needed, but they didn't stop there. The Boys in Blue roughed up Chris Sale for five earned runs in as many innings. They tacked on one more against former farmhand, Mikel Cleto.
Let's talk hitting, specially Nori Aoki. Aoki has been on a tear in the last, well month, really. In the last seven days alone, Nori's line is .429/.500/.500, and has also been getting it done defensively. It's safe to say that this was the Aoki that everyone expected to get out of the Will Smith trade that Dayton Moore made in this last offseason. I've seen a huge difference in Nori in the last month: He carries himself with more confidence. Also, his batting stance has changed significantly. If you look closely, you can see a more drastic leg kick in the second half of the season. It doesn't translate to much power, but Aoki is getting it done as far as on-base percentage, and that is, as they say, "Aoki Dokie."
I would now like to give a special shout out to the Minnesota Twins: Thank you for beating the Detroit Tigers tonight, and putting the Royals within a half of a game. Detroit will come to Kansas City for a must-win series this weekend. I'd also like to take the time to say this: The Royals Blue Crew will be out at the game tailgating early on Saturday morning before the Tigers game, and if you're reading this right now, it would be a good idea to come join us at the K.
I will close this thing out with a quote from our own Rex Hudler, "Everyday is a day. Every game is a game." Goodnight, Royals fans. It's a great time to be a Royal.