KC Royals manager Ned Yost had the opportunity to write in three of his players to the American League starting lineup for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game.
Those three made an impression.
Lorenzo Cain was the first Royal to come to the plate and that came in the 1st inning against the guy he was traded for: Zack Greinke. LoCain popped up to end the first (he was batting fifth and playing right field)
Alcides Escobar led off the 3rd inning against Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole and flied out to center.
With one out in the fourth, LoCain singled against SF ace Madison Bumgarner. With Perez at the plate, he stole second base and moved to third on the wild pitch. Perez took first base on the strikeout. Both were left stranded.
Esky singled to start the 5th inning against LAD ace Clayton Kershaw. With two on and two out, pinch-hitter Prince Fielder broke the 1-1 tie with an RBI single. LoCain followed with an RBI double to give the AL the 3-1 lead.
Perez was taken out on defense in the bottom of the fifth by Oakland’s Stephen Vogt. Esky was pinch-hit for by Detroit’s Jose Iglesias in the sixth, while LoCain was taken out on defense in the bottom of the sixth by Detroit’s JD Martinez.
Perez had the opportunity to catch the likes of Houston’s Dallas Keuchel for two innings, Seattle’s Felix Hernandez, Detroit’s David Price, and TB’s Chris Archer for one inning each.
Wade Davis was the next Royal to appear and that came just as Yost planned out when the roster was announced last week. Davis pitched the 8th inning with the AL having a lead. Davis struck out Colorado’s Nolan Arenado to start the inning.
Davis walked Justin Upton, who stole second base. Davis then struck out LAD Adrian Gonzalez and induced a ground out of LAD catcher Yasmani Grandal to end the eighth. Davis had ALOT of movement on his pitches.
Mike Moustakas was the final Royal to make an appearance and that came in the top of the ninth against Cincinnati closer Aroldis Chapman (who is a left-handed flamethrower). In his first ever ASG at-bat, Moose struck out on 103 mph in the dirt.
Don’t feel bad Moose! Chapman struck out the side, throwing tons of 100 mph fastballs. He then went in to play defense at third base in the bottom of the ninth.
The AL beat the NL, 6-3, earning home field advantage for the World Series.
In conclusion, LoCain went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Esky went 1-for-2. Perez went 0-for-2. Moose went 0-for-1. Davis struck out two in one inning of work.
LAA centerfielder Mike Trout was named MVP for the second straight year. So he gets another new car.