Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/25/13
What’s that classic Monty Python line? Not dead yet! Who knows? But there are times like Wednesday’s dramatic 4-3 victory over Baltimore when the Royals even now make you want to believe. Alcides Escobar rocked a one-out walk-off double in the ninth inning that Nate McLouth couldn’t quite reach at the left-field wall. David Lough scored from first base after initially holding up near second. “When I hit it” Escobar said “I said ‘It’s got a chance.’ I hit that ball good but I wasn’t 100 percent (certain). I was saying ‘Come on come on ball.’ “When I saw (McLouth) going back and not catch it I said’`Now D-Lough you can run.’” It was amazing stuff. Eric Hosmer hit two home runs against Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen including a two-run bomb in the eighth inning that erased a 3-1 deficit. That came after an error earlier in the game that led to two unearned runs. “He’s a good lefty” Hosmer said “but the reports say he threw a lot of fastballs. I think it was around 70 percent. The approach for me tonight was not to miss a fastball. Fortunately I got two.” So here are the Royals at 47-51 still clinging to the edge of postseason contention after winning for the fourth time in six games since returning from the All-Star break against two of last year’s postseason teams. “We know what we’re capable of doing here” Lough said. “We took the series from Detroit and if we can take the (four-game) series from Baltimore I think that’s making a statement.” Lough started the winning rally by lining a one-out grounder past submarining reliever Darren O’Day 5-1 that struck second base and caromed into short left-center field for a single. Escobar then drove O’Day’s next pitch to deep left. Initially it appeared it might leave the park. Then it seemed McLouth might make the catch at the wall. Neither happened. When the ball struck the wall and skipped away from McLouth Lough raced around the bases. That triggered a full-squad sprint from the Royals’ dugout for a celebratory scrum with Escobar near second base. “I made one bad pitch” O’Day said “but that’s the nature of relief pitching.” Luke Hochevar 3-1 got the victory after pitching around a two-out single by Henry Urrutia in the top of the ninth. Hochevar replaced Ervin Santana who permitted one earned run (three in all) over eight innings. “(Santana) is able to throw three pitches for strikes” McLouth said “and his slider is one of the best. He’s throwing low-to-mid ’90s too and he doesn’t walk anybody. The combination of those things can be pretty tough.”
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