Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer played a monumental role in the Royals’ come-from-behind victory in Game 5 of the World Series, the clincher. He drove in the Royals’ first run with a line drive double to left field in the ninth inning, making it a 2-1 game. He moved to third base on a ground out, and represented the tying run 90 feet from home plate.
Salvador Perez then hit a weak grounder to the left side of a drawn-in infield. Third baseman David Wright snagged the ball, looked Hosmer back, then crow-hopped to make a throw to first base. Hosmer dashed home. He was a dead duck if Lucas Duda could make an accurate throw to catcher Travis d'Arnaud. He didn’t, and the game was tied.
The Royals are finished in Game 5 if Hosmer makes the out. Who knows what would have happened if the series were sent back to Kansas City for Games 6 and 7. It was a bad decision, but it panned out anyway.
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