The Kansas City Royals had waited 29 years to reach the postseason. They weren’t going down without a fight.
Salvador Perez singled down the left-field line with two outs in the 12th inning, allowing Christian Colon to score from second base and giving the long-suffering Royals a 9-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics in a wild AL wild-card game Tuesday night.
Quite a start to October baseball — even if this one appeared to be over in September with plenty of time to spare.
The A’s raced out to a 7-3 lead by the sixth inning, but the Royals countered with three runs in the eighth. Nori Aoki’s sacrifice fly off Sean Doolittle in the ninth forced extra innings.
The Royals were six outs from being eliminated from the playoffs, down 7-3 to the A’s after six inning in the American League Wild Card Game Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. Lo and behold Kansas City clawed back into the game and forced extra innings in the bottom of the ninth. With one out Jarrod Dyson stole third off Sean Doolittle — celebrated at the bag — and promptly scored the tying run on Nori Aoki’s sac-fly to right.
Baseball tonight has been a lot of fun.
The game is currently tied 7-7 in the bottom of the 11th inning.
The Kansas City Royals first playoff game since 1985 was going great until the top of the sixth inning Tuesday night vs. the Athletics. “Big Game” James Shields allowed the first two runners to reach base with his team clinging to a one-run lead. Kansas City manager Ned Yost decided to pull Shields for rookie Yordano Ventura — a starter — rather than, say, lights-out reliever Kelvin Herrera. Put into a brutal situation, Ventura promptly served out a three-run bomb to Brandon Moss to straightaway center, Moss’ second homer of the game to make it 5-3.
Yost was booed when he walked to the mound to pull Ventura for Herrera. He’ll face all sorts of scrutiny in the postgame for his decision-making process in the sixth.
Jordan Zimmermann was one out away from a no-hitter Sunday vs. the Marlins. The Nationals righty served up a deep liner to the gap in left-center off the bat of Christian Yelich. Ninth-inning defensive replacement Steven Souza made an amazing, diving catch to save the day and preserve the the Nationals first no-hitter since moving to Washington in 2005. Souza, making only his sixth Major League appearance, had replaced Ryan Zimmerman.
The last no-hitter in the current Washington franchise’s history came in 1991 when Dennis Martinez threw a perfect game for the Montreal Expos against the Dodgers in July, 1991.
Washington opens the National League playoffs later this week as the No. 1 seed, playing the winner of the Giants-Pirates Wild Card game.
Against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter recorded the 3,465th—and final—hit of his 20-year career.
Jeter hit a chopper to third base in the third inning to drive in a run. After the hit Joe Girardi signaled to Jeter at first and put in a pinch runner. The Fenway Park crowd — which paid a classy tribute before the game — saluted Jeter, who tipped his cap and was later seem smiling in the dugout.
Jeter ends his career with 3,465 hits — sixth all time.
Derek Jeter got a warm welcome in his penultimate game at Fenway park today. In his first at-bat Red Sox fans gave him a standing ovation and even got into a “Derek Jeter” chant. Classy move Sawks fans.