After another poor start from Bruce Chen, the KC Royals battled back at home to take a late lead over the visiting Chicago White Sox. That meant that closer Jonathan Broxton entered in the 9th inning.
That also meant, immediate trouble. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Broxton got Alex Rios to fly out for the first out. AJ Pierzynski then ripped a ball to right field, which scored the tying run. Pinch-runner Orlando Hudson tested the arm of Jeff Francoeur, but was called out at the plate (replays looked as though Hudson‘s hand slid over the corner of the plate before he was tagged out). Broxton then escaped the loss by getting Dayan Viciedo to ground out to end the inning and send it to extra innings.
With lefty Tim Collins on the mound, Chicago took an 8-7 lead. With two outs and a man on first base, Gordon Beckham blooped a double down the right field line to give the White Sox the lead.
The Royals tied the game up to send it to the 13th inning. Francoeur doubled to lead off the inning. With one out, Jarrod Dyson singled up the middle, but Frenchy was held at third base. Alex Gordon weakly grounded out to score the tying run. With the winning run on second base, Alcides Escobar grounded out.
To the 14th they would go…
With runners on the corners in the top of the 14th inning against Everett Teaford, Kevin Youkilis worked a fourteen pitch at-bat to drive in the go ahead run with a sac fly.
The game FINALLY ended in the 14th inning when Dylan Axelrod retired the Royals in order. The White Sox won 9-8.
*I’m sure the Royals will make at least one roster move for tomorrow night’s game to bring up a fresh arm.