Athletics vs. Royals Wildcard Recap

The Oakland Athletics traveled to Kansas City to face the Royals for the Wildcard game. The winner of this game will face the Los Angeles Angeles in the Divisional series.

 

Athletics vs. Royals Recap

royals vs asThis game was a high scoring back and forth game that took extra innings to finish. The starting pitcher for the Athletics was Jon Lester. He gave up 6 runs on 8 hits, 2 walks and struck out 5 over 7.1 innings pitched. The starting pitcher for the Royals was James Shields. He gave up 4 runs on 5 hits, 2 walks and struck out 6 over 5 innings pitched.

The scoring came early as the Athletics took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on Brandon Moss’ 2 run home run. The Royals came right back in the bottom of the first and scored 1 run to cut the Athletics lead to 2-1. The Royals then took the lead in the 3rd inning on back to back RBI singles. The Athletics then took the lead in the 6th inning by scoring 5 runs to give them a 7-3 lead. Kansas City would then get 3 runs in the 8th inning to cut the Athletics lead to 7-6 going into the 9th inning. The Royals then tied the game at 7 in the 9th inning on Norichika Aoki’s sacrifice fly to right field. The game would go into extra innings and in the 12th inning the Athletics took the lead on Alberto Callaspo’s RBI single to left field. The Royals would respond by tying the game at 8 on Christian Colon RBI infield single. Two batters later with the winning run on 2nd base Salvador Perez hit an RBI single down the left field line to win the game.

 

Final Score

Kansas City: 9
Oakland: 8

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