Facing elimination on Monday in Houston, the Royals surged back from a 6-2 deficit to beat Houston 9-6 and tie their American League Division Series 2-2. The victory at least in part was stirred by third baseman Mike Moustakas’ passionate words.
Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain is among the best center fielders in baseball and was a catalyst in their 2014 postseason success. But on Sunday, he couldn’t make a play he normally would, helping the Astros build a cushion in a 4-2 win on Sunday and take a 2-1 lead in their American League Divisional Series game.
As much by necessity as design, considering the green light for revelry the players were granted, Royals manager Yost adhered to time-honored baseball doctrine by resting most of his regulars Friday night and cobbling out a lineup that reflected a hangover … psychological or otherwise.
Closer Greg Holland faces the prospect of having pitched his last game for the Royals, who with Thursday’s announcement that he’s done for the year can begin to fine-tune the look of their postseason bullpen.
Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas’ mother died on Aug. 9, and he says, “It’s still weird. It’s still new, knowing that she’s not there. But I do know that she’s at every single game. I know she’s watching every single game just like she has.”