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If the other team beats you, tip your cap—they earned it and you can live with that. But if you beat yourself, you gave the game away. Those losses are much tougher to take.
The Royals began giving this one away in the sixth inning. Up 3-2 thanks to homers by Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas—and another RBI single by Moose—Jason Vargas had two outs and a runner on first base. With Yan Gomes batting, the runner—Michael Brantley—took off for second. The pitch was a changeup and finished low in the zone. Catcher Salvador Perez caught it just above the ground and may have rushed his throw to make up for lost time.
The throw to second base bounced and second baseman Omar Infante did not get in front of the ball—he played it off to the side. If an infielder uses his body to knock bad throws down he can keep short hops on the infield; if he tries an ole play and fails, that ball is going to be picked up by an outfielder.
By LEE JUDGE. 1 minute ago