What a great way to spark off the postseason. The Royals were down 7-3 in the bottom of the 6th and looked like they were on the verge of defeat, but not so fast my friend. Royals in the 8th inning used 8 hits, 3 stolen bases, and a wild pitch to come within 1 run. The Royals left a man on third to end the 8th, Omar Infante striking out. I thought that was the momentum killer the A's was looking for but again, not so fast.
Royals reliever, Greg Holland, got out of a jam in the bottom of the 9th, A's leaving two man on to end the top half of the inning. At that point after the 8th and 9th inning, I knew the Royals was going to win. This game personified the A's season this year. Just like during the season, they built an early lead, Brandon Moss 2-run bomb in the 1st, then in the 6th inning, scored 5 runs, Moss this time with a 3-run bomb to center field. In July the A's looked like the best team in the MLB, 1st place in the AL West. Just like in August and September, they folded under pressure.
The A's made countless mistakes in the crucial innings of the game which really killed them, along with the Royals base running. With 2 outs, Royals manger, Ned Yost, made a very gutsy call, signaling for Jarrod Dyson to steal third with 2 outs. Dyson was successful on the steal and would eventually score the tying run. A's had the Royals right where they wanted them and let them off the hook. I wonder if they are who they thought they were?
A's mistakes continued though. After they took the lead in the top of the 12th, they came back in the bottom half with more bonehead plays. Ryan Gomes and Sam Flud smased into each other trying to make a play at the wall, Christian Colon ending up with an RBI triple. Catcher, Derek Norris, dropped the ball on his attempt to throw the runner out at 2nd, then Salvador Perez hit the game winning RBI. Perez was 0-5 before that at bat.
I picked the Royals to win but not in that fashion. I actually thought the winning team would have 4 runs but I did call the walk-off. This was a devastating loss for the A's because they were supposed to win this game. Ned Yost made some risky and costly decisions, like taking James Shields out after only 88 pitches and 5 innings but it didn't cost them the game. A's were able to capitalize off of the Royals' mistake but they couldn't stop making mistakes of their own.