Yael T. Abouhalkah

Ned Yost fools his critics as Royals beat Angels

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost fooled his critics Thursday night.
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost fooled his critics Thursday night. The Kansas City Star

Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost made all the right moves Thursday night.

The Royals rose up and beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-2 in 11 innings in the first game of the American League Division Series.

So much for #yosted.

That’s the hashtag so many angry Royals fans have used in bashing Yost on Twitter during the 2014 season and even during the Wild Card game on Tuesday, in which the Royals came back in dramatic fashion to beat the Oakland Athletics, 9-8, in 12 innings.

But on Thursday, it was the Royals’ sputtering offense that forced the game into extra innings, not any bad managing by Yost.

First, Yost looked brilliant in using pitcher Jason Vargas to start the game. Vargas gave up two home runs, but left the contest tied 2-2.

Then Yost made the right moves when they counted.

Yost put recently shaky Danny Duffy into the game in the bottom of the 10th, then brought in super reliever Greg Holland — whom Yost had purposefully kept out of the game — when the Royals really needed him.

That was in the bottom of the 11th, after Mike Moustakas hit his first home run in five weeks in the top of the inning to put the Royals up 3-2.

After Holland mowed down the Angels to end the game, all of Kansas City let out a yell.

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