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Royals get a lucky break in the 13th, beat the Reds 3-1

The Royals’ Jarrod Dyson scored the go-ahead run ahead of Reds catcher Brayan Peña’s tag in the 13th inning on Tuesday night in Cincinnati. The Royals added another run later in the inning and won the game 3-1.
The Royals’ Jarrod Dyson scored the go-ahead run ahead of Reds catcher Brayan Peña’s tag in the 13th inning on Tuesday night in Cincinnati. The Royals added another run later in the inning and won the game 3-1. The Associated Press

The baseball bounced down the right-field line, a wayward throw by Reds reliever Ryan Mattheus, and no replay review could overturn what came next. Jarrod Dyson raced around the bases, jetting from first base to home plate on Kris Medlen’s bunt and Mattheu’s subsequent error to score the deciding run in the Royals’ 3-1 victory in 13 innings.

The circumstances that led to that moment were convoluted enough. The Royals’ bench was reduced to backup catcher Drew Butera and dinged-up second baseman Omar Infante. Medlen was the seventh Royals pitcher used in the game. A ninth-inning solo home run by Ben Zobrist off Cincinnati reliever Aroldis Chapman sent the game into extra innings, and a pair of replay decisions led to the ejection of Kansas City manager Ned Yost.

The subplots overflowed. Medlen collected his first victory since Sept. 27, 2013. The Royals’ pitching staff threw 12 consecutive scoreless innings. The game lasted four hours and 39 minutes, the second-longest contest of the season for the Royals.

“There were a lot of moments in that game,” Yost said afterward.

Kansas City beat the Reds 3-1 in 13 innings on Tuesday night in Cincinnati to open a two-game interleague series.

After Dyson scored, the team added another run on an RBI hit by Zobrist, who continues to produce runs for his new team. And, so, the Royals (72-46) left the Great American Ballpark with a victory, their ninth in 11 games and first on this six-game trip. The team finishes a two-game set with the Reds on Wednesday night before playing four games in Boston.

By then, of course, the replay system will still be imperfect. The flaws of the system galled Kansas City on Tuesday. It cost them the potential go-ahead run in the ninth and a leadoff double in the 11th.

Minutes after Zobrist took Chapman deep, the umpires convened a few feet from the third-base line, where Lorenzo Cain appeared to have just engineered the greatest escape of Kansas City’s season.

Caught in a ninth-inning rundown, stranded between home and third, Cain had ducked a tag from Reds third baseman Todd Frazier and touched home plate. Umpire Mark Carlson declared him safe, but Cincinnati manager Bryan Price challenged the call, which put responsibility in the hands of the replay officials in New York.

So the umpires waited for three minutes and 26 seconds before judgment arrived. As so many are, the replay appeared inconclusive. Cain knew the truth: Frazier had tagged him.

“I was hoping they didn’t see it, though,” Cain said afterward. “It was pretty tough to see on the replay.”

The replay officials offered a decisive analysis: out.

Two innings later, after Alcides Escobar was called out trying to stretch a single into a double, Yost decided to try his hand at a challenge. Once again, the video was not definitive, but the Royals possessed a case for the play to be overturned. The replay crew disagreed, which sent Yost into a fit.

Yost harangued Carlson until he earned himself an ejection. So he was not on the bench when closer Greg Holland recorded the save.

“It boggled my mind that they didn’t overturn that play,” Yost said. “It was obvious to me in the replays that he was safe. New York said that it was inconclusive. OK, Cain’s was inconclusive. Escobar’s wasn’t, in my opinion.

“I mean, that’s the reason we have instant replay: to get those plays right.”

Yet even Yost’s ejection was an unlikely event. The team needed to conquer Chapman, one of the game’s best closers, to even get to extra innings.

The outcome appeared sealed in the opposite direction when Chapman entered in the ninth, but Cincinnati’s one-run lead disappeared with one swing by Zobrist. He crushed a misplaced slider for a game-tying home run.

“You have to just react to it,” Zobrist said afterward. “You can’t get off his fastball, because otherwise you’re just going to be blown up by it. … When he left something up there that wasn’t a fastball, it just looked good, so I put a swing on it.”

Before Zobrist went deep, the best chance to avoid the shutout occurred in the eighth inning. Jarrod Dyson flicked a one-out single off reliever J.J. Hoover. Inserted as a pinch hitter, Kendrys Morales drew a walk. Then Alcides Escobar hit a groundball that rolled to the left side of the infield.

If the baseball had traveled a few more feet to the left, it probably would have trickled into left field, and Dyson would have tied the game. Instead, Reds shortstop Eugenio Suarez scooped it and fed second baseman Brandon Phillips for a double play.

It was the third double play that the Royals hit into on the night. They ended two innings that way against Reds rookie Raisel Iglesias. In just his 11th big-league start, Iglesias, a 25-year-old Cuban, blanked the Royals for seven innings. He allowed only three hits and one walk.

With the margin for error as thin as possible, Kansas City starter Edinson Volquez could not collect a victory. In six innings of work, his only mistake was giving up a solo homer in the first inning.

Volquez spent four seasons pitching in this city. Cincinnati witnessed his descent from All-Star status in 2008 to also-ran status by 2011. After that season, the Reds packaged him, almost as an afterthought, with three other players to San Diego in exchange for Mat Latos.

Volquez appreciated his time in Cincinnati, but he does not miss Great American Ball Park. The confines are cozy. The baseball carries. Volquez received a reminder in the first inning. He fell behind, 3-0, to shortstop Eugenio Suarez. With the count full, Suarez lined a 94-mph fastball at the hands over the left-field fence.

“I played here for four years, and I know the ball carries,” Volquez said. “It’s a small ballpark. There’s nothing you can do about it. You’ve got to keep pitching and fighting and competing.”

Volquez was undaunted. He still struck out seven. He departed after six innings, but his performance was admirable. Except his lineup never gave him a chance to earn a victory.

That honor went to Medlen. He was pitching in just his sixth game for the Royals. He spent the first half of the season rehabilating from his second Tommy John surgery. He declined to emphasize his individual achievement.

“I’m just a reliever that came in and stole a win,” Medlen said. “It’s a bunch of great dudes that love battling. I’m just one of them now.”


Royals 3, Reds 1, 13 inn.

TableStyle: SP-basebattersCCI Template: SP-basebatters

Royals

AB

R

H

BI

W

K

Avg.

A.Escobar ss

6

0

3

0

0

0

.270

Zobrist 2b

6

1

2

2

0

1

.284

L.Cain cf

5

0

1

0

0

1

.313

Hosmer 1b

5

0

1

0

1

2

.318

S.Perez c

6

0

2

0

0

1

.252

Moustakas 3b

5

0

0

0

1

0

.270

Rios rf

5

0

0

0

0

2

.232

J.Dyson lf

5

1

2

0

0

0

.261

Volquez p

2

0

0

0

0

1

.000

Madson p

0

0

0

0

0

0

b-Morales ph

0

0

0

0

1

0

.289

C.Young p

0

0

0

0

0

0

.500

W.Davis p

0

0

0

0

0

0

c-Orlando ph

1

0

1

0

0

0

.243

K.Herrera p

0

0

0

0

0

0

F.Morales p

0

0

0

0

0

0

Medlen p

0

1

0

0

0

0

G.Holland p

0

0

0

0

0

0

Totals

46

3

12

2

3

8

 

TableStyle: SP-basebattersCCI Template: SP-basebatters

Reds

AB

R

H

BI

W

K

Avg.

Phillips 2b

6

0

1

0

0

0

.284

Suarez ss

6

1

1

1

0

3

.293

Votto 1b

3

0

0

0

3

1

.307

Frazier 3b

6

0

0

0

0

3

.257

Bruce rf

4

0

1

0

1

1

.242

Byrd lf-cf

5

0

0

0

0

4

.237

B.Pena c

4

0

1

0

1

1

.275

R.Iglesias p

2

0

1

0

0

1

.050

a-De Jesus Jr. ph

1

0

0

0

0

0

.257

Hoover p

0

0

0

0

0

0

A.Chapman p

0

0

0

0

0

0

Badenhop p

0

0

0

0

0

0

d-Bourgeois ph

1

0

0

0

0

0

.205

Ju.Diaz p

0

0

0

0

0

0

Schumaker lf

1

0

0

0

0

0

.206

Hamilton cf

3

0

0

0

1

1

.226

M.Parra p

0

0

0

0

0

0

e-Barnhart ph

1

0

0

0

0

1

.259

Mattheus p

0

0

0

0

0

0

Axelrod p

0

0

0

0

0

0

.000

Totals

43

1

5

1

6

16

 

TableStyle: SP-basebyinningsCCI Template: SP-basebyinnings

Royals

000

000

001

000

2

3

12

0

Reds

100

000

000

000

0

1

5

1

a-grounded out for R.Iglesias in the 7th. b-walked for Madson in the 8th. c-singled for W.Davis in the 10th. d-popped out for Badenhop in the 10th. e-struck out for M.Parra in the 12th.

E: Mattheus (3). LOB: Kansas City 9, Cincinnati 9. 2B: S.Perez (18). HR: Zobrist (10), off A.Chapman; Suarez (8), off Volquez. RBIs: Zobrist 2 (45), Suarez (30). SB: A.Escobar (12), L.Cain 2 (24), J.Dyson (23), B.Hamilton (54). CS: Orlando (2). S: Medlen.

Runners left in scoring position: Kansas City 7 (S.Perez, Moustakas 4, A.Escobar, Rios); Cincinnati 4 (B.Hamilton, Byrd 2, Suarez). RISP: Kansas City 2 for 11; Cincinnati 0 for 4. Runners moved up: Moustakas, Frazier. GIDP: A.Escobar, L.Cain, J.Dyson, B.Hamilton. DP: Kansas City 1 (Zobrist, A.Escobar, Hosmer); Cincinnati 3 (Phillips, Suarez, Votto), (Suarez, Phillips, Votto), (Suarez, Phillips, Votto).

TableStyle: SP-basepitchersCCI Template: SP-basepitchers

Royals

I

H

R

ER

W

K

P

ERA

Volquez

6

4

1

1

3

7

112

3.20

Madson

1

0

0

0

0

1

11

2.37

C.Young

1

0

0

0

1

1

16

3.28

W.Davis

1

0

0

0

0

2

10

1.11

K.Herrera

1

0

0

0

1

1

18

1.99

F.Morales

1

0

0

0

0

0

13

2.47

Medlen W, 1-0

1

1

0

0

0

2

17

3.18

Holland S, 27

1

0

0

0

1

2

23

3.82

TableStyle: SP-basepitchersCCI Template: SP-basepitchers

Reds

I

H

R

ER

W

K

P

ERA

R.Iglesias

7

3

0

0

1

3

90

4.21

Hoover

1

1

0

0

1

1

18

1.88

Chapman

1

2

1

1

0

1

19

1.81

Badenhop

1

1

0

0

0

0

16

3.51

Ju.Diaz

1

1

0

0

0

1

14

4.23

M.Parra

1

1

0

0

0

1

15

3.24

Mattheus L, 1-4

0

3

2

1

0

0

20

4.46

Axelrod

1

0

0

0

1

1

27

7.30

Mattheus pitched to 4 batters in the 13th.

Hold: Hoover (14). Blown save: A.Chapman (2). Inherited runners-scored: Axelrod 2-0. IBB: off Volquez (Bruce), off Axelrod (Hosmer). HBP: by R.Iglesias (L.Cain). WP: Mattheus.

Umpires: Home, Mark Carlson; First, Chris Conroy; Second, Gabe Morales; Third, Eric Cooper. Time: 4:39. Att: 28,719.

To reach Andy McCullough, call 816-234-4370 or send email to rmccullough@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @McCulloughStar.

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