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Top five catches from the Royals’ playoff run

Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas went airborne to make a catch on a foul ball hit by the Orioles’ Adam Jones in the sixth inning of game three of the American League Championship Series.
Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas went airborne to make a catch on a foul ball hit by the Orioles’ Adam Jones in the sixth inning of game three of the American League Championship Series. The Kansas City Star

The Star’s special section looking back at the Royals’ season is coming in Sunday’s paper. In conjunction with that, here are the top five catches the Royals had during the playoffs.

Trust me, it was a tough to keep this at five (maybe, that’s why there are six).

1. Lorenzo Cain’s looooooong run against the Orioles. This came in game two of the American League Championship Series in Baltimore. The Royals won the opener, so the Orioles desperately needed to win this game before heading to Kansas City. The score was 4-4 in the sixth inning and J.J. Hardy seemed destined to have a leadoff double. Cain thought otherwise.

2. Moose is head over heels. This catch wasn’t the most dramatic in terms of saving a run. After all, it was in foul territory. But this was about Mike Moustakas’ heart and desire.

3. Nori Aoki’s magical grab. In the ALDS, the Angels had two out with two out in the sixth inning of game one when Howie Kendrick hit a drive to right-center. Cain appeared to have a bead on it, but the ball went over his glove, but Aoki was there to snag it.

4. Cain’s two-fer. In game three of the ALDS, Cain robbed Albert Pujols and Kendrick of hits in consecutive at-bats in the fifth inning. That stymied the Angels’ comeback attempt as the Royals finished a sweep.

Here’s the first...

and the second...

5 Gordon hits the wall. In game four of the ALCS, the Royals held a 2-1 lead when Hardy hit a long drive to left field. It looked like a sure double, but Alex Gordon made the catch and then crashed into the wall.

My guess is that throughout the AL playoffs, opponents had the same reaction to all of those Royals catches:

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