Royals Rally Late, Beat Brewers 4-3 on Walk-Off Walk
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After staging a dramatic come from behind rally in the ninth inning, the Kansas City Royals drew a walk-off walk in the 11th to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium.
Down 3-1 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, former Brewers shortstop Alcides Escobar tied the game with a two-run RBI triple to deep left center field. Up until that point, the Royals’ offense was stagnant at best.
Kansas City jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a sacrifice RBI by designated hitter Billy Butler. Brewers starter Randy Wolf (2-5, 5.06 ERA) kept the Royals in check for most of the night, giving up one run on six hits in 7 innings, fanning one and walking one.
In his first start since being placed on the disabled list, Jonathan Sanchez (1-2, 5.93 ERA) kept the Royals (26-34, 10-20 home) in the game, giving up one run on seven hits in 5 innings, striking out four and walking two.
Milwaukee (28-34, 12-17 away) took a 2-1 lead in the seventh on an RBI single by left fielder Ryan Braun.
Brewers closer John Axford (1-2, 4.94 ERA) walked first baseman Eric Hosmer and third baseman Mike Moustakas in the ninth, setting the stage for Escobar’s monster two-run RBI triple that tied the game at 3-3.
Clint Robinson pinch-hit for center fielder Jarrod Dyson, but struck out swinging, sending the game to extra innings.
Relievers Greg Holland (2-2, 3.68 ERA) and Tim Collins (3-0, 2.10 ERA) kept the Royals afloat in the 9th, 10th, and 11th innings. They combined to give up two hits in 3 scoreless innings, striking out four and walking one.
In the bottom of the 11th, Brewers reliever Kameron Loe (2-2, 3.00 ERA) gave up a walk and two hits to load the bases with no outs. After a pitching change, Moustakas came to the plate and drew the walk-off walk at the expense of Brewers reliever Jose Veras (3-2, 4.18 ERA).
After being thrown out at the plate in the sixth, Butler happily trotted home for the game winning score, capping the Royals’ first walk-off victory of the season.
Luke Hochevar (3-7, 6.57 ERA) will be on the bump for game three of this series as the Royals go for the sweep on Thursday night at the K. Shawn Marcum (5-3, 3.50 ERA) will start for Milwaukee.