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The top of the ninth inning couldn’t have started much better or ended much worse. Down 4-3 to the Indians, needing a run to tie the game and two runs to win; the Royals got the first two batters on base. David Lough and Mike Moustakas singled. Things started to go wrong when Chris Getz—normally a very good bunter—took the first pitch for a strike, bunted the second pitch foul and struck out on a slider.
With one down and runners still at first and second, Alcides Escobar hit a line-drive single into the right field corner. Cleveland outfielder Drew Stubbs had to move laterally and come around the ball to line up a throw. Stubbs is right-handed: catch the ball on the glove side and his feet would be in the wrong position, so he took an angle that allowed him a better catch and throw, but all that takes time.
David Lough—the tying run—got a good jump off second base and it appeared he would score to tie the game. Afterwards, Lough said he thought he was going to score and didn’t pick up third base coach Eddie Rodriguez’ stop sign as he ran through third base. It appeared Rodriguez got very conservative on the play, but he did have the stop sign up when Lough hit third. Lough had two choices that would have been OK: pick up his base coach and stop at third or run through the stop sign when he got so far down the line and saw the throw home was off-line. (Catcher Carlos Santana was pulled away from home plate and would have been unable to make a tag.)
By LEE JUDGE. 3 minutes ago