Some things are just too bizarre to digest with immediacy. You need a moment – or several – to process what happened. And sometimes, even a little distance doesn’t help place things in the proper perspective.
Such was the aftermath of Thursday’s Royals win.
A brief recap:
– Danny Duffy and Corey Kluber retired the first 24 batters of the game. The first base runner was found in the fifth inning. The first four innings were played in about 30 minutes. ( That may not be a accurate reflection of time.)
– Omar Infante collected the Royals first hit in the seventh. He was promptly erased on a strikeout-caught stealing double play.
– Mike Moustakas circled the bases on one of the most bizarre plays I have ever seen. A classic Moustakas at bat where he lofts one to the left side. Except it was a pop up that Ryan Raburn couldn’t handle and the throw to second… Oh my god, that throw. Watching that was so fun, if only because that is about as Royal of a play you can get. It was as if Ken Harvey was in left.
– The Wade Davis Experience in the eighth. Close call.
– Greg Holland blows his second save of the year. At the time, you were probably cursing Holland. Upon reflection, you realize he gave you a gift.
– Eric Hosmer entered the game as a defensive replacement in the ninth. His wrist prevents him from swinging the bat, so the defensive replacement was lifted for Raul Ibanez when his turn in the order came around in the 11th. Ibanez roped a double against the shift.
– Ned Yost managed his bullpen well.
– Ibanez started a 3-6 double play in the 12th.
– Aaron Crow struck out the side in the 14th.
– The Royals got two hits in one inning only once all night. Lorenzo Cain and Nori Aoki in the 14th to mercifully end a night of extreme weird baseball.
And now after losing their first four games post Break, the Royals have rolled off three wins in a row. I’m exhausted. Be Royal, indeed.