By: Jon Van Pelt
Is it even possible? The Kansas City Royals have done it again. Friday night against the White Sox, the team us down late,comes back and wins the game. Saturday, the most remarkable comeback in Royals history, the Royals were down by margin of 6 in the bottom of the ninth, and score 7 times! And Sunday, down 4-2 in the 8th, scoring 3 runs, just by moving the line, and taking walks, take the win and the division lead.
Rewind to Friday night, Danny Duffy on the hill for KC pitched a perfect 5 1/3 innings before he ran into some major trouble. He gave up 3 straight singles, followed by a huge grand slam, and a solo shot. The Royals would not be denied, scoring a run the following half inning, four the next, and one more the following inning, just because, to win the game 7-5.
Saturday, the team pulled off a win, where the only odds in their favor, were those of their own making. Since 2010, only 4 out of 2810 games played in similar situations did the trailing team go on to win. The chances were the slimmest. But thanks to timely hitting, and poor defense by the Sox, the team pulled off one of the most unlikely wins imaginable.
Sunday’s game was the same song and third verse. Just when you thought you’d seen it all from the reigning world champs, they pull off three straight, unbelievable wins, and come charging into first place of their division. The biggest story of the weekend, was Brett Eibner. Eibner playing in his first major league games Friday, Saturday and Sunday, was instrumental in all three games. From starting the rally in game one, to getting a huge walk off single in game two, to his game tying walk in game three, he has lived in fantasy land all weekend playing excellent baseball, along with other call up Whit Merrifield and Cheslor Cuthbert, the three have combined for a deadly defense, and overpowering offense to lead the Royals in their charge for first.
While it has been a painful few weeks riddled with injuries for the Boys in Blue, the abilities from this teams farm system is absolutely unfathomable. Words can not begin to describe how special this group of guys is, but what we do know, is that they are not done competing, no matter the odds.