For the second straight night, the KC Royals walked off against the Milwaukee Brewers. On Thursday night, pinch-hitter Brayan Pena delivered the two-run walk-off single against Brewers closer John Axford (well the winning run scored on the throw). It is Axford’s second straight blown save. The Royals completed the three-game home sweep.
It was a bit of a strange bottom of the 9th inning. Mitch Maier, who took the place of the ejected Jeff Francoeur, reached base via a wild pitch after a strikeout. Mike Moustakas grounded out, moving Maier to second base. After Axford struck out Alcides Escobar, he walked Jarrod Dyson. Pena took the third pitch (a 97mph fastball) into left field for the game winner. If Axford doesn’t throw the wild pitch on the Maier strikeout, the Brewers would have won. So the Royals had some luck on their side tonight.
The Royals two other runs came via Eric Hosmer‘s 8th homerun of the season in the 6th inning.
Luke Hochevar looked good pitching for the first time in a long time. He allowed three single runs (though one scored after he exited) on six hits and a walk over 7.1 innings. He struck out five. Two of the runs came via solo homeruns. He threw 87 pitches, 62 for strikes.
Lefty Tim Collins picked up his second victory in two days.
Next up for the Royals, another road trip. They head to St. Louis to play the reigning World Series champions for three games this weekend.
*After Francoeur was ejected in the 2nd inning, many joked that he should join the crowd in the right field seats for Frenchy Quarter Night.
**Manager Ned Yost was ejected later in the game (the fourth inning).