Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/4/13
Well hey now that trade-deadline move Wednesday to acquire outfielder Justin Maxwell from Houston suddenly seems like a bigger deal doesn’t it? Maxwell opened the 12th inning Saturday afternoon by booming a pinch-hit homer against reliever David Aardsma that enabled the Royals to escape Citi Field with a 4-3 victory over the New York Mets. “I got (the count) to 3-0 and thought ‘OK I’ve got to take here. He hasn’t thrown a strike’” Maxwell said. “He laid one in there. And at 3-2 I took a good swing. I was trying not to do too much.” If that was the goal — trying not to do too much — Maxwell failed miserably because the ball took off like a rocket toward left field. It started to hook but stayed fair. “You can’t get behind like that because then you have to give him something to hit” Aardsma said. That homer would seem to put Maxwell in line for the post-game heroes‘ treatment. But no that went instead to Kelvin Herrera who worked three scoreless innings before Greg Holland closed it out for his 29th save. Herrera got the shaving-cream facial and the ritualistic water dousing. “For me Kelvin Herrera was as big as Justin Maxwell today” manager Ned Yost said. “To come in and throw three innings like that when our pitching was on fumes was huge.” So it ended well after Aaron Crow blew a two-run lead in the eighth inning and after the Royals turtled on offense after scoring three runs in the third inning. Seventeen Royals went up and down before Maxwell’s game-winner. “This was a hard-fought win” Yost agreed. “This was as hard-fought a win as we’ve had in a long long time.” It was more than that too. This was a Cowboy Up game for the Royals who sought to bounce back after their nine-game winning streak ended Friday night in a 4-2 loss in 11 innings on Eric Young’s homer against Luis Mendoza. This one would have stung a lot more. The Royals 55-52 never led Friday but never trailed Saturday due in part to another strong outing by veteran lefty Bruce Chen who held the Mets to one run — a second-inning homer by Daniel Murphy — in six innings. That makes four earned runs for Chen in 24 innings over four starts. He allowed four hits overall to the Mets while striking out eight walking none and lowering his ERA to 2.03.
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