Two postseason games for the Royals. Two extra-inning wins.
Tonight’s hero? Mike Moustakas, everybody. … And Nori Aoki. And Jason Vargas.
For the Royals to take game one in Anaheim … huge.
Those Kansas City Royals surprised us again. But let's make this the last time.
Yes, the Royals won a game they probably should have lost on Thursday night, shocking the top-seeded Angels, 3-2, in 11 innings in the American League Division Series opener. They used eight pitchers, made four gravity-defying catches in the outfield and wound up with the same number of hits, the last of which was Mike Moustakas' leadoff homer in the 11th inning.To recap, quickly, the Royals got on the board with a run in the top of the third, manufactured on a Moustakas walk and a double by Alcides Escobar. But the Angels tied it in the bottom of the inning with a solo home run.
In the fifth, the Royals went ahead again, manufacturing one run on an Alex Gordon double and a couple sacrifice flies to move. Gordon over to third and home. But the Angels tied it in the bottom of the inning with a solo home run.
The Royals hit the fewest homers in the majors this year. If only the Royals could hit home runs like that, they’d be golden, I muttered after the Angels’ second bomb.
Here’s an in-depth recap, and here are the highlights with the must-see videos.
And here again are some of my favorite tweets from the night. Dang, the Royals have lit up my social media circles this week, and it’s only adding to the fun.
After “Okie Dokie” Aoki’s roundabout catch in right field in the bottom of the seventh inning …
If you're lost your phone, you might want to look in Nori Aoki's glove.
— Joe Posnanski (@JPosnanski) October 3, 2014
Imagine Nori Aoki trying to get out of a maze.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) October 3, 2014
check Nori Aoki's glove for magnets
— FunSize Matt Sussman (@suss2hyphens) October 3, 2014
Aoki dokied = new urban dictionary term for "taking the most haphazard route to a ball and making a crazy-looking catch" #royals
— david pressgrove (@daverclear) October 3, 2014
And in the top of the 10th inning after Billy Butler walked and, as usual in later innings, was replaced by faster-than-lightning Terrance Gore, who promptly stole second base …
— Blair Kerkhoff (@BlairKerkhoff) October 3, 2014
Today, I asked a man with 30 years in pro baseball the last time he saw a player faster than Gore. That man went silent.
— Sam Mellinger (@mellinger) October 3, 2014
In the time it takes you to read this sentence, Terrance Gore has probably stolen four bases.
— SI MLB (@si_mlb) October 3, 2014
I said it as the regular season was winding down, and I’ll say it again: I’m feeling like the Royals are heating up again at just the right time.
But just once I would love to see the Royals bomb an opponent the way the Orioles did to the Tigers today. That was a fun game to watch, too. Go Orioles!
There is the little team that could from middle America. There’s the juggernaut from the nation’s capital. There are the two clubs from big-market L.A., and there’s the team with the three Cy Young winners atop its rotation. The Orioles? They have been something of a forgotten team at the start of this postseason, but with one big opening statement in Baltimore, the AL East champs flexed their muscles and showed why they have what it takes for a run deep into October -- even if no one seems to be taking them seriously as World Series contenders.Still, there’s this for the Royals: Since July 22, they own a 43-23 record. That’s the best in the Major Leagues.
Gosh, this is fun.