Small ball strategy leads Royals to big win

Carlos Santana reached a historic mark on his career, and the Kansas City Royals came back to defeat the Chicago White Sox 4-3 in extra innings on Sunday afternoon.

White Sox reliever Garrett Crochet made a crucial errant throw in the 10th inning, which was preceded by back-to-back bunts as the Royals played small-ball throughout the remainder of the game.

It was methodical, it was old-school, and it worked like a charm.

Santana’s first homer as a Royal tied the game in the ninth inning, and helped him reach 800 career RBI’s. Meanwhile, on the mound, reliever Greg Holland shut the White Sox down in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra innings, where Michael A. Taylor started on second base as the designated runner, per new rules within MLB.

In the bottom of the 10th inning, Kyle Zimmer kept the White Sox bats at bay with back-to-back strikeouts and a groundout in the as he notched his first career Major League Baseball save.

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