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Wild Wild Card

The Royals have waited 29 years and it is finally here. The Wild Card game is just the start of what they hope to be an amazing postseason.

Technically the Royals haven’t made it into “October”. October is what it’s all about: the fans, the lights, the atmosphere.

Royals ace, James Shields was on the mound for this match up against Oakland Athletics All-Star pitcher Jon Lester. Oakland came into Kansas City with an 88-74 record, Kansas city with an 89-73 record.

The game was on TBS and on radio stations all over the world with fans anticipating a great game to watch and listen to.

Many South students attended the game bringing family and friends for this exciting day for Kansas City baseball.

The first pitch started at 7:07 p.m.  for every single fan either on their couch or standing up in Kauffman. The first pitch a strike! Every fan erupting with claps and cheers.

Shields lets one get on base but comes right back with two quick outs. As the big hitting Brandon Moss steps up to the plate every fan booing loudly to get him psyched out. First pitch strike, claps all around, second pitch…Home Run to right field (426 ft).

Easton Fortuna,senior, said, “The crowd was electric, until Brandon Moss hit that home run then we were dead silent.”

The Royals got a quick run back on a Billy Butler single which made the score 2-1 after the first inning. There was no scoring again until the bottom of the 3rd.

Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer both drove in RBI’s in the bottom of the third to give Kansas City a 3-2 lead.

It was quiet until the top of the 6th inning where James Shields allowed two runners to get on base. Ned Yost (Royals manager) brought rookie pitcher Yordano Ventura in to relieve Shields.

First two pitches balls, then… another home run for Brandon Moss. A 3-run shot that put the Athletics up 5-3. The A’s went on to score two more runs in the inning.

The game seemed over, but the Royals were not giving up, they have waited too long to watch the season end like this.

Jake Kline, sophomore, said, “I honestly thought we were gonna lose when we got down 7-3, I just wanted to leave the stadium.”

The Royals got three runs back in the 8th inning to make the score 7-6.

Bottom of the 9th, last inning before the Royals end their season in disappointment. Needing more run, Josh Willingham steps up to the plate as a pinch hitter. He hits a high blooper but the outfielders are playing deep as it drops in for a hit.

The speedy Jarrod Dyson pinch runs for Willingham to try and score the game winning run. He makes it to second on a sac-bunt. He steals third and does a little dance to get the crowd going. Nori Aoki is up needing to hit Dyson in to tie the game and go to extras. He does it as he hits a sac-fly to keep the Royals alive.

The A’s got one run in the top of the 12th putting the pressure on Kansas City to either win it or go home in the bottom of the 12th.

The Royals start out with a strikeout by Cain. Eric Hosmer steps up to the plate hitting a deep fly ball to left-center hitting the top of the wall and he makes it all the way to third. Rookie Christian Colon hit the game tying infield single to tie the game at 8.

Colon stole third and Gordon hit a pop out to third to give the Royals two outs. It all comes down to Salvador Perez who is already 1-5 for the night with three strikeouts.

He singles to left field and the game is over. He is the hero as the Royals win it in extra innings 9-8.

Olivia Kinsey, sophomore, said, “I have never seen a game like that in my life, that was the comeback of the century.”