After an impressive 5-2 win in Game 1 of the ALDS, the Houston Astros came into Game 2 looking to put the defending-AL champion Royals in the daunting 2-0 hole.
Perhaps they forgot about the “defending-AL champion part”.
Kansas City fought back from an early 4-1 deficit to take Game 2 by a score of 5-4, tying the series up at one game apiece.
Mid-season acquisition Johnny Cueto got the ball for the Royals and immediately got off to a rocky start. He was tagged for three runs by the end of the second inning, thanks to a first inning RBI double by Colby Rasmus and then a two-run single by George Springer with the bases juiced in the second.
Salvador Perez put the Royals on the board in the bottom of the second with a long solo shot to right off of Scott Kazmir. Rasmus answered him right back, however, with a solo blast of his own in the top of the third.
Kazmir left the game with one out and Lorenzo Cain on second base in the bottom of the sixth. Facing lefty Oliver Perez, Eric Hosmer quite literally poked a single into left field that was so shallow that Cain raced home to cut the Astro lead to a run.
After the 14-inning craziness in Toronto earlier this afternoon, you got the sense that perhaps the Astros and Royals may have wanted to outdo them. But one inning later in the seventh, Alcides Escobar tripled off of Will Harris, and Zobrist singled to bring him home and cap the comeback. The Royals led 5-4 and that score would hold up the rest of the way, with Wade Davis picking up the save.
The series shifts to Houston for Game 3 on Sunday afternoon. It’ll be Edinson Volquez going up against a fully-rested Dallas Keuchel, who is 15-0 at Minute Maid Park this season. MLB Network will have the call.