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Royals wins AL Pennant but did they really?

*Just a warning … I am going to be biased in this post. Not necessarily because I don’t like the Kansas City Royals – which I do not (and not because of the 2014 WC game but because of their antics and their bush league play) – but because I honestly believe that they won this year’s AL Pennant unfairly, in fact in my opinion I don’t think they won it at all!*

The game started out looking like the Kansas City Royals were taking game six with ease. David Price looked liked his usual postseason self when he allowed the run to Ben Zobrist. It was a solo-shot and the game was still was being played fairly at this point 1-0.

Bottom of the second inning Mike Moustakas was leading off. He hit, what have should have been ruled as fan interference, clearly the fan was reaching over the wall. As lovely as his little interviews were he straight up lied when he showed Erin Andrews of FOX Sports where his glove had been, he showed her it had been right on the top of the wall. Just watch the video. It was an obvious misrepresentation of what REALLY happened.

How in the WORLD was this still called a home run after the umpires watched the replay – in the stadium and in New York. I thought the “fresh eyes” in New York were supposed to keep errors like this in the game.

Although the Toronto Blue Jays made mistakes in the game, especially going 0-12 with runners in scoring position, this run made the difference in the game. This shows a huge problem with the replay system, but that’s a blog post for another day.

Still, this play is what I like to call a bunch of mother-f**king bullsh*t. Seriously, even if you were rooting for Kansas City there is NO WAY that calling this a home run was correct and if you can’t admit that your team got lucky then you have some serious issues that you may need to get professional help for. The ball would have bounced off the wall and Hosmer likely would have ended up on second, maybe third. 

Price, who is 0-7 now in postseason outings, settled down and pitched well enough to win the game (but didn’t) retiring 18 straight batters. Price pitched 6.2 innings allowing five hits, three runs and one walk while striking out eight Royals’ batters. Price could have used a bit more run support. 

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Jose Bautista. Getty Images.

Royals’ starter Yordano Ventura went just 5.1 innings while allowing five hits, two walks and striking out five. However he did allow just one run, to Price’s three,  on a solo shot by Jose Bautista in the fourth.

Joey Bats homered again in the eighth with Ben Revere on first, off of Royals’ reliever Ryan Madson to tie up the game. Closer Wade Davis came in to get the last two outs in the eighth when the game was delayed by rain for almost 45 minutes.

In the bottom of the eighth with 20-year-old closer Roberto Osuna on the mound, Lorenzo Cain walked and Eric Hosmer singled to right where Baustista chased down the  ball, threw it in to shortstop Troy Tulowitzki who threw home but not in time to get Cain who scored what would end up being the winning run.

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Wade Davis. Jamie Squire/Getty Images.

With Davis on the mound in the ninth the Blue Jays didn’t have much of a chance, although he got a few lucky calls and a generous strike zone. Davis allowed a lead-off single to Russell Martin and walked Kevin Pillar. The Blue Jays had an opportunity here with two on and nobody out but their luck with runners in scoring position remained the same.

Davis went on to strike out Dioner Navarro and Ben Revere. Finally, it was up to American League MVP candidate Josh Donaldson to save the Blue Jays season but he grounded out to Moustakas at third who threw to first for the out  and the Royals won the AL Pennant. 

From the moment Moustakas’ “home run” happened I said it would be a shame if the Royals won by just a single run and they did. It pretty much ruined the game for me. Yes, Toronto had their chances and blew them, however the score should never have been tied when Cain scored in the eighth inning. 

Overall, the call in the second inning on the supposed home run changed the game. Toronto still might have lost but they would have at least had more of a chance. As far as the World Series goes …. 



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