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Bob Lutz: Royals’ defining postseason moments so far

Kansas City DH Billy Butler amazed everyone when he stole a base against the Los Angeles Angels in Game 3 of the American League Division Series, knocking over Angels shortstop Erick Aybar in the process.
Kansas City DH Billy Butler amazed everyone when he stole a base against the Los Angeles Angels in Game 3 of the American League Division Series, knocking over Angels shortstop Erick Aybar in the process.

Every baseball postseason is fraught with anxiety and excitment and the Kansas City Royals certainly have had their share.

Here are some highlights so far. Which has been the defining moment of the postseason for you Royals fans?

AL Wild Card game

▪ Royals rally for three runs in the bottom of the eight inning to cut Oakland’s lead to 7-5. Hosmer scores on a Luke Gregerson wild pitch to make it a one-run game but Perez and Omar Infante strike out with the tying run at third base to end the inning.

▪ The A’s, leading 7-6, load the bases against KC closer Greg Holland in the ninth thanks to three walks, one intentional. But Holland retires Jed Lowrie on a liner to Aoki in right field.

▪ Jerod Dyson scores the tying run in the ninth inning after pinch-running for Josh Willingham, who led off the inning with a bloop single to right field. Alcides Escobar sacrifices Dyson to second and he courageously steals third with one out and scores on Nori Aoki’s sacrifice fly to right field.

▪ Salvador Perez’s two-out hit down the left-field line scores Christian Colon with the winning run in the 12th inning of the Royals’ 9-8 victory over the Oakland Athletics at Kauffman Stadium.

ALDS, Game 1

▪ In a 2-2 game against the Los Angeles in Game 1 of the American League Division Series, Royals reliever Wade Davis retires Albert Pujols (pop out to second) and Howie Kendrick (strikeout) with runners at first and second in the eighth inning.

▪ Royals reliever Tim Collins hits Gordon Beckham with a pitch to lead off the bottom of the ninth. After a sacrifice bunt by Erick Aybar, Collins strikes out Josh Hamilton. Right-hander Jason Frasor walks C.J. Cron before getting Ianetta on a soft liner to send the game to extra innings.

▪ The Angels’ Cole Calhoun greets KC reliever Danny Duffy with a single to start the bottom of the 10th in a 2-2 game. But Duffy recovers to retire Mike Trout (fielder’s choice), Albert Pujols (foul pop to first) and Kendrick (strikeout).

▪ Kansas City’s much-maligned third baseman, Mike Moustakas, leads off the top of the 11th inning with a long home run to right field agaisnt Angels reliever Fernando Salas to give the Royals a 3-2 lead. It’s the eventual game-winner.

ALDS, Game 2

▪ In a 1-1 game, the Angels’ C.J. Cron leads off the bottom of the eighth with a double against Wade Davis. Collin Cowgill pinch runs for Cron and attempts to get to third on Ianetta’s liner to Royals center fielder Dyson, whose great throw to third baseman Mike Moustakas beats Cowgill.

▪ Hosmer, batting with one out and Lorenzo Cain on first in the top of the 11th, reaches Angels reliever Kevin Jepsen for a home run to right field to put the Royals ahead, 3-1. They added an inurance run in the 11th on an infield hit by Perez.

ALDS, Game 3

▪ After Mike Trout’s solo homer in the top of the first gives the Angels a 1-0 lead, the Royals come right back in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Aoki and Cain single. After Hosmer strikes out against C.J. Wilson, Billy Butler walks to load the bases. Gordon then lifts a fly ball to deep left-center field for a double, scoring all three runners to give Kansas City a 3-1 lead and knock Wilson out of the game.

▪ Hosmer’s two-run homer in the third gives the Royals a 5-1 lead.

▪ Butler, with five career stolen bases, swipes second in the third inning after drawing a one-out walk.

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