The wait is finally over, Royals fans.
Yes, it has been 29 long years, but the Kansas City Royals have clinched a spot in the postseason with their 3-1 victory over the White Sox tonight. The win gives them 88 wins on the season and are only one game behind the Tigers for the AL Central lead after their 11-4 loss to the Twins tonight.
This was a vintage Royals performance tonight. They scratched out three runs, all in the first inning. Alcides Escobar led off the game with a single and scored on Nori Aoki’s triple. Lorenzo Cain then singled in Aoki and stole second base. He then scored on Billy Butler’s single.
That was enough for veteran Jeremy Guthrie, who breezed through seven innings. Guthrie scattered four hits, allowing one walk and striking out six. Wade Davis gave up a run in the eighth, but Greg Holland nailed down his 46th save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning. The game ended on a Michael Taylor pop up to catcher Salvador Perez, and the celebration was on.
The Royals currently hold the top wild card spot, but can still win the division if they win out and the Tigers lose out. If the Royals win out and the Tigers win one more game, the teams can tie for first place. This would lead to a tiebreaker on Monday in Comerica Stadium to determine the AL Central champion. Either way, the worst case scenario for the Royals at this point appears to be hosting the Oakland A’s in the Wild Card Game on Tuesday. Either way, postseason baseball is returning to Kansas City, and it will be a sight to behold.
Enjoy it, Royals fans. You have waited way too long for this. You know more than any fan base in baseball that a trip to the playoffs cannot be taken for granted. So enjoy the ride, and take it all in.