On Thursday, the Boston Red Sox and Kansas City Royals faced off in a 12-minute matchup that ended in one of this season’s strangest walk-offs.
On the date of August 8th, the Kansas City Royals and Boston Red Sox had a hard-fought battle into the 10th inning only to be stopped abruptly due to inclement weather. Two weeks following the unfortunate early ending, the Royals took an hour flight into Boston to finish this nail-biter of a game.
They resumed in the top of the 10th, where the Royals were up first. The Royals couldn’t seem to get anything going in that top of the inning and were retired with a line out, strikeout, and a ground out. This gave the Red Sox a chance to walk things off.
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With the Red Sox 6.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the last wildcard spot, they are now desperate and need to start heating up with just 52 games left in the season.
After Christian Vazquez leads off the bottom of the 10th with a double, the Red Sox look in a good position with a runner in scoring position and no outs. After that powerful shot into center field, one of the Red Sox more explosive hitters in Andrew Benintendi struck out looking to bring up the three-year player in Sam Travis.
Travis was intentionally walked and that gave Brock Holt two runners on the base path with only one out. This put the Boston Red Sox in a great spot to capitalize and that is exactly what Holt did. Slapping a line drive into left field bringing home Chris Owings who was the pinch runner for Vazquez.
This game lasted 12-minutes and gave the Kansas City Royals a very tough trip. Making the journey from Baltimore to Boston, only for them to come up short and be sent home in a measly 12 minutes. Now, they have to travel to Cleveland to play one of the best AL teams in the Indians in a three-game series.