With a struggling Brady Singer, it didn’t look like the Royals were going to leave Yankee Stadium with a victory.
The offense had other plans.
Kansas City improved to 33-38 on the season, working their way back up the AL Central standings, with a rally to upset the New York Yankees 6-5 on Tuesday. And it all happened because of a massive rally in the eighth inning.
For the majority of the game, Gerrit Cole locked down the Royals, and it seemed if there was no way to stop him.
Turns out, taking him out of the game and bringing in the weak bullpen did the trick.
It was truly a crazy inning to remember. Whit Merrifield, one of the hottest players in baseball right now (he has more stolen bases than three MLB teams), singled. Carlos Santana then doubled. Ryan O’Hearn reached on an infield single, which was preceded by a s tying the score when Merrifield scored. Jarrod Dyson would give Kansas City the lead with a fielder’s choice.
Hunter Dozier came through with a clutch single to centerfield, scoring another run and making it 4-3. With the Royals now up by a run, Michael A. Taylor followed that with another outfield single, to give Kansas City a 5-3 lead. And despite a close call in the ninth, Greg Holland shut New York down with the save.
For a team who has struggled with RISP (runners in scoring position) all season, they didn’t seem to have much issues on Tuesday.
And tomorrow night, Danny Duffy makes his big return in an attempt to help the Royals win the series against the Yankees.