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Here Are All Your Highlights from the Thrilling Royals Wild Card Win Over the A’s (Videos)
Last night we saw a Royals Wild Card win over the A’s, and it was exactly the kind of game MLB had in mind when they cooked up this one-game Wild Card play-in format. Two teams, two different kinds of desperation, one more chance to make the real postseason.
The A’s were desperate not to choke. Midway through the season they were the best team in baseball and had the AL West in a submission hold. Then Billy Beane made the bold trade for Jon Lester, sending Yoenis Cespedes to Boston, and the team nearly collapsed. The AL Wild Card game was their last chance to live up to their true potential.
The Royals, meanwhile, were desperate to make their first postseason appearance in 29 years last more than one game. Anything other than a win and it would feel like their exciting 2014 season didn’t even happen.
In the end, KC’s desperation beat Oakland’s desperation in ridiculously thrilling, extra inning walk-off fashion.
I’ll walk you through it.
For a while, it looked as though A’s first baseman Brandon Moss was going to be the death of the Royals. He cracked two home runs, the second of which started a five-run Oakland deluge in the top of the sixth.
However, the Royals bounced back to make a game of it in the eighth, scoring three to make it 7-6
Then they tied the game in the ninth. Pinch runner Jarrod Dyson stole third, and Norichika Aoki knocked him in with a long sacrifice fly.
From there the game headed to extra innings, and after two scoreless frames the A’s Alberto Callaspo pinch hit for Nate Freiman and drove in the go-ahead run.
But the Royals had one more rally in them. It started with Eric Hosmer, who turned a great postseason performance (two hits, two walks) into an outstanding postseason performance with a one-out triple.
He then made it home on an infield single by Christian Colon.
Then, after Colon swiped second—the Royals’ seventh steal of the game—catcher Salvador Perez came through with the game-winner down the third base line.
The call by TBS’s Ernie Johnson on the winning play was okay. But the call by KCOP’s Steve Physioc, which you can hear beginning at the 1:25 mark is great.
Then again, you really don’t need a call at all to appreciate the moment…
What. A. Game.
Congratulations to everyone in Kansas City.
Sorry for your loss, Oakland.