With a sellout crowd at Kauffman Stadiun to not only see the hometown KC Royals play, but to see Billy Butler honored by receiving his American League Champions ring, the Royals fought back to beat visiting Oakland, 6-4.
The game was not without tension.
Manager Ned Yost’s decisions once again backfired, as he left starter Jeremy Guthrie in one inning too long. Stephn Vogt homered for the second time to lead off the seventh. That tied the game at 4-4.
With Brett Lawrie on first base (after greeting Kelvin Herrera with a single), Josh Reddick grounded to second. Omar Infante went to second base to get the force out. Though replays showed Lawrie was safe, he instead slid through the bag with his spikes up. I did not see the play, but Twitter was abuzz with hate from Royals fans.
Shortstop Alcides Escobar was wiped out and left the game without putting any weight on his left leg. However, word out of the clubhouse is that he just has a contusion and is day-to-day. I assume he will get an MRI tomorrow just to be sure.
Many expect Lawrie to get beaned at some point in this series, but it did not come tonight. Yordano Ventura is starting on Saturday, so after his antics last weekend, I can only assume something will happen tomorrow.
For the first time this season, Christian Colon saw playing time. He entered at shortstop (will the Royals callup someone like Gabriel Noriega if Esky misses time?) and then flied out in his only plate appearance.
Then Yost did the unthinkable, he pinch ran for Salvador Perez in the top of the ninth after he singled to lead off the bottom of the eighth (Jarrod Dyson). Paulo Orlando then broke the tie with his fourth triple of the season. Omar Infante then drove him in with a sac fly to give the Royals the two-run lead.
Erik Kratz caught the top of the ninth, where Greg Holland earned his fourth save (though he did walk Reddick with two outs).
So Yost used three bench players in the win. THREE!
Butler definitely looks weird not wearing blue (I saw him in spring training). He was the DH tonight and went 1-for-4.
The Royals collected 15 hits, yet 13 of them were singles. Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer, and Perez each had three hits. LoCain stole a base. Kendrys Morales had two hits in the win.
*In roster news, the Royals called up outfielder Reymond Fuentes from Triple-A Omaha and optioned Terrance Gore back to Double-A NW Arkansas. Why didn’t they just make that move from the beginning?