There’s no telling of course what the next two-plus weeks hold for the Royals in what remains a long-shot quest to reach the postseason for the first time in 28 years. But … if destiny ultimately beckons bookmark Saturday night’s 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers which ended when catcher Salvy Perez executed a blind grab on a throw before applying the tag at the plate. “I threw the ball to home plate” shortstop Alcides Escobar said. “I just wanted to get it there. But when I threw the ball I thought ‘It’s going to hit Prince (Fielder).’ He’s a big guy. “The throw was on the other side of the runner and Salvy … wow. That’s Salvy’s play. That’s all him. All credit to Salvy. Two good throws and one great play.” All that and maybe more. Perez said he couldn’t see the ball as Fielder charged toward the plate while trying to score from first base after Omar Infante ripped a two-out drive into the corner in left. Escobar took the relay from Alex Gordon. “I saw Esky throw the ball” Perez said. “It was a little sinker. And then I couldn’t see the ball (around Fielder) but I knew where the ball was going. “The ball went behind Fielder. I just put my glove out there and hoped for a short hop. It went into my glove and I reached back and tagged him.” Game over. “You can’t ask for a much better game than that” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “They made the play.” OK let’s back up and reset. Eric Hosmer’s RBI triple in the first inning against Detroit starter Doug Fister produced a quick lead for Ervin Santana who shook off a skid of seven winless starts by handcuffing the Tigers into the seventh inning. Will Smith stranded runners at second and third after replacing Santana with two outs. Luke Hochevar then pitched around Torii Hunter’s two-out double in the eighth by retiring Miguel Cabrera on a grounder. That got the game to Greg Holland who opened the ninth inning by walking Fielder before retiring the next two hitters. Infante then yanked a ball into the left-field corner as Fielder rumbled around the bases.
Royals get final out at plate and hold on for 1-0 victory over Tigers
Kansas City Star | Sep 15