It looked like the KC Royals were headed for another loss, as an Eric Hosmer error in the top of the fourth led to a two-run homerun by Matt Wieters with two outs. However Hosmer redeemed himself and the Royals walked off against the visiting Baltimore Orioles with a 4-3 win.
Hosmer had already hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the first to give the Royals a 1-0 lead, but his error in the fourth made many forget the homerun. After Royals starter Ervin Santana gave up his first earned run of the game in the top of the eighth, Hosmer came up with a HUGE hit in the bottom of the inning.
Hosmer hit his second homerun of the game off O’s starter Wei-Yin Chen, a two-run shot to tie the game at 3-3.
The game would go to the bottom of the ninth with side-arm throwing Darren O’Day on the mound for the O’s in his second inning of work. After Miguel Tejada lined out to start the inning, David Lough singled to get the rally started. Alcides Escobar followed with a double to centerfield that scored Lough all the way from first base. Escobar hit the very first pitch he saw.
Despite not getting the “W”, Santana pitched well. He allowed three runs (one earned) on seven hits and two walks over eight innings. He struck out three and threw 62 of his 98 pitches for strikes. Will tonight be his last start with the Royals? Only time will tell.
On offense for the Royals, Hosmer, Billy Butler, and Escobar each had two hits.
*Reliever JC Gutierrez, who was designated for assignment ten days ago, was claimed off waivers by the LA Angels.
**Left fielder Alex Gordon was given tonight off. From what I am hearing, he was not happy about it. Not sure if this will cause problems in the clubhouse or not.