Dara’s Dugout: Comeback Magic

DaraHeaderDara AviWow! It’s almost hard to put into words how I feel right now. Last night was incredible-it felt like 2015 all over again.

Here’s the question many Royals fans are thinking about right now: is one game really enough to turn things around? Are the comeback kids really back?

It’s no secret, the Royals have been in an ugly slump. They’ve won 2 of the last 8 games. Yesterday, I was writing a post about slumps and how to get out of one. The best way I could think of was to just keep trying. What I didn’t think of, though, was to do what the Royals did last night. The kind of win they manufactured is magic. it’s the type of win that can turn this slump around.

When Chris Young gave up a home run during the 1st inning, I felt a little sick to my stomach. Can you blame me? The way the Royals offense has been lately, it was hard not to be a little worried. Fortunately, during the 3rd and 4th innings, the Royals were able to finally capitalize on multiple base hits to take the lead. But again, the roller-coaster continued into the 6th inning, where Luke Hochevar gave up 3 runs to put the Nationals back in front. During the 8th inning, it really felt like things were starting to fall apart. Dillon Gee gave up a home run to Jayson Werth and the Nationals pulled ahead, 6-3. When the Royals came up in the 8th, Eric Hosmer grounded into a fielder’s choice, making it 6-4. This is when I actually started to think something awesome could happen.

The magic arrived just in time! The Boys in Blue put together an old-fashioned 2015 rally in the 9th. After back to back singles, Mike Moustakas came in to pinch hit, tying the game with a two-run single of his own.

After some really frustrating plate appearances by Lorenzo Cain, I was cautiously optimistic about what would happen as he stepped in the box. Just like Moustakas, he kept the line moving, lining a base hit to a gap in left-center, driving in the walk-off run.

I  screamed so loud that my neighbors probably heard me. I felt like I was back in 2015 and I remembered, then, that it was only a few months ago that the Royals won the World Series.

Is the slump over? It’s hard to tell. One thing I know for sure though, is that last night could be a defining moment in a very long season.

My player of the game: Mike Moustakas- I can’t imagine coming in to pinch hit, with an injury, in a situation like he did. AMAZING!

Just in case you missed it:

I love watching every single Salvy splash, but this one gave me chills!


It’s not quite Fetty Wap but I’ve had this song in my head since the end of last night’s game!


The Royals look to take the rubber match this afternoon. It will be Kris Medlen (1-2, 4.87 ERA) against Stephen Strasburg (4-0, 2.25 ERA).

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