Royals Overcome Two Brandon Moss Home Runs To Beat The Athletics 9-8 In Extras In AL Wild Card Game
Kansas City waited 29 years to return to the postseason and they did not disappoint. The Royals steal seven bases and overcome two Brandon Moss home runs to beat the Athletics 9-8 in 12 innings. They'll face the Angels in the ALDS later this week. Here's the recap of a wild night in Kansas City:
Big Game James Shields is dueling off against the Jon Lester in a win-or-go-home showdown at Kauffman Stadium. We had a busy first inning with Brandon Moss lifting off to give the A's a 2-0 advantage. In the bottom of the frame, Billy Butler ripped a one-run single to cut the lead in half (2-1). Here's Moss' no-doubter in the opening frame:
Although Butler helped the Royals get on the board, his baserunning cost his team a chance for more runs. He was caught in this pickle to end the inning.
INJURY UPDATE: Geovany Soto left the game in the bottom of the third inning because of a left thumb injury. Derek Norris took his place behind the dish.
looks like there's a Geovany Soto injury and Derek Norris will come in for him
— Eye on Baseball (@EyeOnBaseball) October 1, 2014
Kansas City responded in the third inning with a pair of runs to take the lead. Lorenzo Cain doubled in a run and Eric Hosmer singled in one more before the end of the frame.
Eric Hosmer with a 150-foot doinker into left field. Kansas City leads 3-2. Doesn't look like there's a single person sitting at the K.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 1, 2014
PSA: Powder blue Royals (George Brett-Bo Jackson era) were the best.
reminder that the Royals’ powder blue uniforms were the sickest uniforms in sports history pic.twitter.com/TxgPwO8MqS
— Jon Bois (@jon_bois) October 1, 2014
— USATODAYmlb (@USATODAYmlb) October 1, 2014
It's the Brandon Moss show! He's doing the damn thing tonight, launching a three-run blast off Yordano Ventura to give the Athletics a 5-3 lead in the sixth. Before this game, Moss had two home runs over his final 52 games during the regular season. James Shields, who may have pitched his last game for Kansas City, left before the Moss home run and was only charged with two of the three runs. He yielded four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out six over five innings of work. Of his 88 pitches, 56 were strikes.
Brandon Moss: 1st player in Athletics history with at least 2 HR & 5 RBI in a postseason game
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 1, 2014
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) October 1, 2014
Derek Norris, who took Geovany Soto's place in the third, ripped a run-scoring single. Coco Crisp followed it up with a run-scoring single to give the A's a 7-3 advantage.
Derek Norris RBI single on a 100 mph fastball
— Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) October 1, 2014
People are really starting to criticize Kansas City manager Ned Yost for not using relievers Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland, who usually pitch the seventh, eighth and ninth innings. Instead, he chose to go with starter Yordano Ventura who served up a three-run home run to Moss, which broke the game apart.
If Ned Yost were a doctor... https://t.co/ZQ4nHua15W
— Michael Silverman (@MikeSilvermanBB) October 1, 2014
Always disliked bringing starters who have rarely relieved into a playoff game in the middle of inning with runners on base.
— CJ Nitkowski (@CJNitkowski) October 1, 2014
— Brian Fleurantin (@BrFleurantin) October 1, 2014
Royals are not going down quietly! In the eighth inning, Lorenzo Cain and Billy Butler tacked on RBI singles to cut the lead to 7-5. Lester's night is also over. He logged 7 1/3 innings and allowed five runs and seven hits, with two walks and five strikeouts. Of his 111 pitches, 75 were strikes. Gregerson, who relieved Lester, allowed another run to score on a wild pitch in the eighth to cut the lead to 7-6.
SEN-SUAL OI-LS (clap clap clapclapclap)
— Ryan Nanni (@celebrityhottub) October 1, 2014
Gregerson and his glorious mustache posts back-to-back strikeouts to end the eight inning. He escapes the jam and now the A's are three outs away from the win.
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) October 1, 2014
Sean Doolittle entered the game in the ninth for the A's. Making a pinch-hit appearance, Josh Willingham hit a bloop single to right field. Alcides Escobar moved the runner over to second with a sacrifice bunt. Jarrod Dyson, who ran for Willingham, stole third base and scored on a Norichika Aoki sacrifice fly to tie the game. WE'RE HEADING TO EXTRAS AND THE MONTH OF OCTOBER!
— Alex Lantz (@AlexLantz) October 1, 2014
Oakland A`s looking as nervous as a Greek banker….
— Ray Hudson (@RayHudson) October 1, 2014
Win it for this dude. pic.twitter.com/GZohrl8wBK
— Justin McGuire (@JMcGuireSN) October 1, 2014
We really need everyone to not commit crimes and drive safely right now. We'd like to hear the @Royals clinch this.
— Kansas City Police (@kcpolice) October 1, 2014
INJURY UPDATE: Coco Crisp left the game in the 11th inning with a right hamstring injury. Jonny Gomes came in as defensive substitute (yes, Jonny Gomes) at left field and Sam Fuld moved to center.
A's TAKE THE LEAD IN THE 12TH! Alberto Callaspo singles home Josh Reddick to give Oakland an 8-7 advantage with one out in the inning.
BACK COME KANSAS CITY IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 12TH! Boy, this team will not die. Thanks to an outfield collision, Eric Hosmer tripled with one out. Christian Colon reached on an infield single, scoring Hosmer to even the game.
So you like baseball, eh? Well how about ALL THE BASEBALL IN THE WORLD!!! pic.twitter.com/oCCnaGbRmB
— Jonah Keri (@jonahkeri) October 1, 2014
OAKLAND KEEPS REMEMBERING IT'S AN ELIMINATION GAME AND THEN THEY REALIZE THEY HAVE TO LOSE
— NOT BUSTER OLNEY (@TRIPPINGOLNEY) October 1, 2014
— Jordan Gorosh (@JGoro8) October 1, 2014
SPORTS HAPPENED ヽ(^o^)丿 WE ALL STAYED UP ＼(~o~)／ GOOD DECISION ＼(◎o◎)／
— Michael Katz (@KatzM) October 1, 2014
ROYALS WIN! ROYALS WIN! Salvador Perez is the savior! He gets the walkoff RBI single off Jason Hammel to secure a wild 9-8 victory over the A's.
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