It had to be reviewed and then overturned for the KC Royals Billy Butler to come up clutch. But he came up clutch nonetheless.
With Jeff Francoeur on first and just one out, Butler hit a fly ball to left field off LA Angels lefty reliever Scott Downs. It looked as though the ball bounced off the left-centerfield wall and back into play. The ball was originally ruled a double, putting runners on second and third base with one out. It would then leave the possible heroics up to Mike Aviles.
However Royals manager Ned Yost came out to argue, and the umpires went inside to check the video. When they returned, Butler was awarded with his first career walk-off homer. It was the 8th walk-off win of the season for the Royals. He was then doused with Gatorade by Melky Cabrera during his postgame interview and then hit with a shaving cream pie.
It took nine innings for either team to score.
The Angels had their best chance to score in the 8th inning when they loaded the bases with two outs. Alberto Callaspo hit a hard ground ball into the hole that shortstop Alcides Escobar gloved and threw in the dirt to first. Eric Hosmer made a great scoop and the Royals survived the Angels threat. That 8th inning took four relievers to record the final out. Greg Holland (who pitched 2.2 scoreless innings with six strikeouts) allowed a two-out hit. Everett Teaford entered to face the lefty Bobby Abreu, who doubled. Louis Coleman entered to face Torii Hunter, who walked to load the bases. Lefty Tim Collins entered to face Callaspo and recorded the final out.
Collins pitched a perfect 9th to record the victory (it took just 8 pitches).
Royals starter Felipe Paulino and Angels rookie starter Tyler Chatwood were outstanding this afternoon as both pitchers kept the opposing offenses off the board. Paulino, in his first start for the Royals, allowed four hits over five innings. Chatwood got into the 8th inning (7.2 innings) and allowed just five hits.