It was a night of comebacks for the KC Royals, as they defeated the visiting Milwaukee Brewers, 4-3. With the bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the 11th inning, the Brewers made a pitching change and brought in Jose Veras with Mike Moustakas strolling to the plate. Veras needed just five pitches to walk Moose and force in the winning run. Unfortunately, less than 20,000 fans were in attendance for the thrilling finish.
After watching the Brewers score a run in the top of the 9th inning to take a 3-1 lead (with the run scoring on a throwing error), the Royals came back to tie the game at 3-3 against Brewers closer John Axford. With one out, Eric Hosmer walked. With two outs, Moose walked. Alcides Escobar followed with a two-run triple to tie the game. Clint Robinson pinch-hit with the chance to win the game and pick up his first big league hit and RBI, but struck out to send the game into extra innings.
The Royals had another 1-0 lead after the first inning thanks to a Billy Butler RBI ground out (Alex Gordon led off the inning with a double).
Jonathan Sanchez returned from the DL and still hasn’t pitched six innings this season, but at least he pitched well. He allowed one run on seven hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out four. Meanwhile, Brewers starter Randy Wolf was also solid. He only allowed that first inning run over seven innings. Wolf allowed six hits and two walks.
The Royals and Brewers finish up the series on Thursday, with Luke Hochevar taking the hill against the Brewers’ Shaun Marcum.
*With Sanchez coming off the DL, reliever Louis Coleman was sent back to Triple-A.
**Manager Ned Yost was named to Ron Washington’s American League coaching staff for the All-Star Game that the Royals are hosting this July. I’m sure that’s the only reason that Yost is on the coaching staff because the team’s record (25-34) has him undeserving.