The Royals utilized their speed to complete a thrilling 4-3 walk-off victory over the White Sox this evening at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
After entering the bottom of the ninth inning with a 3-2 lead, White Sox closer Jake Petricka got Omar Infante to ground out before Mike Moustakas reached on an opposite-field double. Alcides Escobar followed with a ground out, leaving Nori Aoki as the Royals’ last hope. However, pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson stole third base and kept on running after a wild pitch to score the tying run. Aoki would then double to put the winning run at second base before being replaced by pinch-runner Terrance Gore. Lorenzo Cain then hit an infield chopper to second base which allowed Gore to come all the way around from second base to score the winning run. Check out the crazy sequence below, beginning with the Dyson play.
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That’s what speed do.
The Royals are now 82-67 on the year, clinching their second consecutive winning season. They are 1 1/2 games up on the Mariners for the second Wild Card spot in the American League at the moment and could increase their lead to two games by the end of the night. The Tigers rallied for two runs in the top of the ninth inning tonight to beat the Twins 8-6, so the Royals remain 1 1/2 games back in the American League Central.