Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ICYMI: Royals Win Best New MLB Wildcard Game Ever


This was a great baseball game with some odd decisions....

The Kansas City Royals won their first playoff game in nearly 30 years Tuesday night in one of the most improbably ways ever.

The Royals beat the Oakland A's 9-8 in 12 innings. The game was won by Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez. His single was a walk-off winner.

Part of the 40,000 plus fans at a sold-out Kaufman Stadium are probably still there celebrating as the Royals will move on to the Division Playoffs to fact the Los Angeles Angels.

The game featured the A's going up 7-3 as late as the 6th inning. And they took a 8-7 lead in the 11th inning, but Kansas City fought back.

The other feature of the game was a highly questionable decision by Royals manager Ned Yost.

When staring pitcher James Shields began to wear down and struggle in the 6th, Yost skipped his strong relief corps and brought in starting pitcher Yordani Ventura to face Brandon Moss who'd already hit a homer during the game.

Ventura threw a straight fastball that Moss parked over the outfield wall.

But the resilient Royals kept fighting and got the win. And that's all that matters.

Here's your walk off from Perez:

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