Royals Edge Braves 4-3 In 10th

Alex Gordon knocked in the winning run in the 10th

Alex Gordon knocked in the winning run in the 10th

The Kansas City Royals walked off the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night to split the 2-game series in Kansas City.  The Braves fell 4-3 in 10 innings.

The Royals once again did not waste any time getting the scoring started.

Alex Gordon, the Royal’s lead off man, led off the game with his 7th home run of the season.  Kansas City would add another run in the 1st inning off the bat of Salvador Perez, the Royal’s catcher.  His single to left center scored Billy Butler and gave the Royals a 2-0 lead after the game’s 1st frame.

Billy Butler would knock in a run of his own in the bottom of the 3rd.  Butler singled to right to score Alex Gordon.   Gordon’s run increased the Royals lead to 3-0.

The scene was set for another Atlanta Braves comeback.  The comeback would come in the 7th inning on Wednesday night.  Reed Johnson, in for the injured Jordan Schafer, singled to center and brought around Dan Uggla, for the Braves first run of the game.

Justin Upton, designated hitter for the Braves, singled with the bases loaded to tie the game at 3.  Jason Heyward was thrown out at third base on the play, but not before Andrelton Simmons and Reed Johnson scored to tie the game up at 3.

The Braves threatened in the top of the 10th inning.  They had runners on 1st and 2nd, when Gerald Laird grounded into a double play, to end the Braves chance in the 10th.

Alex Wood came in to pitch for the Braves in the 10th inning.  David Lough started the Royals 10th inning with a single to center.  Lough was moved to 2nd base on a sacrifice bunt by Miguel Tejada.  The next batter, Alex Gordon, delivered the game winning hit for the Royals, as Lough streaked around to score.

Mike Minor failed in his bid for his 9th win of the season.  The Braves got him off the hook for the loss with the 7th inning comeback.  Minor pitched 6 innings, 3 ER, and 4 K’s.

The Braves will have another off day on Thursday, before taking on the 1st place (NL West) Diamondbacks on Friday night.  Julio Teheran will be opposed by former Brave, Randall Delgado in the pitching match up for Friday’s game.

  • PremierBPO

    Clearly, Freddi G. should’ve used McCann in place of Laird. Not just 20-20 hindsight, simply a fact which I said at the time. Moreover, it was clear from the 1st few pitches Woody didn’t “have it” and should have been pulled for a more experienced pitcher in that high pressure situation. Now is not the time to give rookies “pressure experience.” Bad coaching w/o a doubt.

    • http://atlantabullpen.com/ Jim Hart

      In he post game Fredi said he thought it was better going with a guy who had been playing rather than one who had sat the whole game. He also mentioned that Laird has been very good this season at giving good at bats in key situations.

      • PremierBPO

        Yeah, Jim I heard that. He also said Minor pitched a great game (“what?!”). I love Freddi for a lot of reasons- baseball reasons and other reasons re: heritage, respect, etc.; however, there comes a time when a mgr. MUST own up to glaring errors, that of the players and himself. In this instance, yeah, Gerald has had some success v. the current pitcher…yeah, he’s been out there swinging with some degree of success; however, get real! The game is on the line. You have a fresh batter with a phenomenal-almost uncanny- ability to get it done in slugging, pressure moments when it HAS to be done. McCann is a MASTER in those situations. He is nearing the record for the most Grand Slammos in Braves history. C’mon, man! That move was quite clearly not the smart move and, I will venture to say, not the move 90% of gutsy, experienced, balls to the wall mgrs. would have made in that spot just like letting Woodsy, who I also love by the way-just not in that spot, continue to struggle with the game on the line. You bring Kimbrell in and let him finish the inning and perhaps let him go back out if needed in the next. Got a day off the next day (today) and it’s not like it’s a marathon. It’s a few pitches! That’s just my opinion but I’m very comfortable with it. Anyway…..that’s all over for now. 20/20 hindsight and all that. Now it’s time to find a way to sweep the D Backs! Go Braves and thanks Jim for the excellent column/blog! Really enjoy it!

        • http://atlantabullpen.com/ Jim Hart

          That is what makes baseball great for the fans! The game is transparent and there is always moves that can be questioned. You make some great observations!

  • dan harvey

    Another base running error. Heyward should not have tried to take third. He jeopardized the tying run and also made the third out at third. Freddie should have intentionally walked the last batter. He is a star caliber player and his run if on base was meaningless and it also would have setup the double play.

    • http://atlantabullpen.com/ Jim Hart

      Not sure what Heyward was thinking there. The old baseball adage is you never make the last out of the inning at third base.

      • PremierBPO

        Agreed! Hopin’ Schnitker didn’t call for that. I have serious issues with all MLB baserunning these days. The first tenet re: baserunning one learns in Little League holds true for MLB players as well except in very isolated incidents, i.e. that on knocks the crap out of the ball and runs like hell without looking at anything but the coach who has eyes on the play and responsibilities for giving you your running orders. Almost w/o exception this rule is there for a reason: it works when you work it and it doesn’t when you don’t ! There is waaaaay too much decision making going on in the heads of the MLB players and, more importantly waaaaay too much valuable baserunning moves lost (speed, proper turns, agility, etc.) by players running their own way, looking at the ball, dropping their heads in disgust, etc. when they should be looking at the base coach and utilizing all those skills to maximize the baserunning effort.

        • http://atlantabullpen.com/ Jim Hart

          Yes, it is very frustrating when players make mental errors. The game looks so easy when we are watching it on TV or in the stands!! :)