Alrighty then; we now proceed to the eighth inning with New York up by one run (here is Part I and Part II if you need to catch up). Lorenzo Cain hit yet another homer and the score was tied 7-7. With two innings to go and Kelvin Herrera and Wade Davis in the pen, it seemed like the Royals had a chance; scratch out one more run, take the lead and then let Herrera and Davis bring the win home.
Andrew Miller was on the mound for the Yanks and hit Kendrys Morales with a pitch. The Royals did not pinch run for Morales at this point because Miller is left-handed and without Terrance Gore around, there probably wasn’t anyone capable of stealing off a lefty like Miller.
But once Salvador Perez singled and Morales was in scoring position; bringing Paulo Orlando in to score from second on a possible single made sense — until Omar Infante struck out.
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And that was pretty much all she wrote for the Royals.
Kelvin Herrera — who hadn’t given up a run all season — got an out and then should have had another one when a ball was hit to Alcides Escobar. The ball hit the heel of Escobar’s glove rolled up his arm and — if I’m not mistaken — hit Escobar in the groin, which seems like a pretty decent metaphor for what’s been happening to the Royals lately.
Escobar did some bending and wincing and the game went on.
Brett Gardner doubled, the runner on first — Ben Gamel — scored, and after Starlin Castro was hit by a pitch, McCann tacked on another double.
The score was 10-7 and that’s where it stayed.
The Yanks brought in Aroldis Chapman for the ninth — he throws approximately a billion miles an hour — and other than an Escobar walk, the Royals were through for the night.
On a night when the offense finally broke out, the bullpen and defense broke down and it took me three posts to describe all the things that went wrong.
Tonight, Yordano Ventura starts for the Royals and I sure hope he pitches well enough for me to write a somewhat shorter game story on Thursday morning.
We’ll see … but the way things are going I wouldn’t count on it.