The finish of Sunday night’s American League Division Series game in Toronto should have looked familiar to Royals fans.
It ended with Josh Donaldson mad dash to the plate. Here’s the set-up if you didn’t see it: The game was tied 6-6. Donaldson was on second and Edwin Encarnacion on first with one out when Russell Martin grounded to Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, who tossed to second baseman Rougned Odor.
Odor got the force at second and tried to complete the double play, but his throw was off the mark and the ball skipped away from first baseman Mitch Moreland. Donaldson had reached third when he saw the errant throw and took off for home.
Moreland scrambled to get the ball, but Donaldson’s mad dash home beat the throw and the Blue Jays won 7-6, wrapping up the three-game sweep.
That looked a lot like Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer’s mad dash home in Game 5 of the World Series, wouldn’t you say?
Here is that play again:
Now, let’s compare the two plays:
▪ Donaldson’s won the game, while Hosmer’s tied it and the Royals won in extra innings.
▪ If Donaldson had been thrown out, the game would have continued. If Hosmer was caught, that would have ended the game.
▪ It appears that Donaldson would have been safe even with a better throw from Moreland. Hosmer would have been out if Mets first baseman Lucas Duda makes a better throw. Thus, it’s safe to say that Hosmer was more daring than Donaldson.
▪ The biggest difference: Hosmer’s dash came in the World Series, not round two of the playoffs.
Major League Baseball noted the similarities:
The verdict: Advantage, Hosmer.