A moment came yesterday that may have salvaged the fanship of several baseball lovers in Kansas City. At first, it looked as if things would get even worse for the Kansas City Royals. When all hope seemed lost, after Toronto Blue Jays sluggers went deep three times, as KC’s catcher grounded to Gold Glover Jose Reyes with two outs in the ninth, the clouds finally parted.
With the help of some Blue Jays mistakes, like the errant throw from Reyes in the ninth and some rarely legitimate offensive output of their own, the Royals ended their ugly four-game losing streak with an extra innings victory on the road. I proclaimed yesterday that the moments following the Houston Astros‘ sweep of the Royals at Kauffman Stadium were KC’s lowest of the still young-ish season and that the team desperately needed some kind of spark. An eight-run, 14-hit win in which only a late-game pinch-running Jarrod Dyson was without a hit could be exactly what they needed.
Was this exciting win caused in any way by the new coaching shakeup, in which Dale Sveum became the new hitting coach? No, obviously, but it does bring to mind last year’s strangely similar, immediately uplifting change of hitting coaches in late May. One good offensive outing does not a trustworthy lineup make, so Ned Yost will continue to tool with this lineup to keep things rolling. As fans, all we can do is continue to hope that the turnaround is for real. What we do know is for real is this team’s desire to right the ship, as could be witnessed by yesterday’s gritty, come-from-behind style of victory.