It took four pitches. It only took four pitches and the season almost went up in flames. Luckily for the Angels, the Orioles beat the A’s so the deficit for the second wild card remains the same at 2.5, but it could have been less as the Angels lost to the Royals 3-2.
Zack Greinke and Jeremy Guthrie were locked into a pitchers’ duel. The Halos broke through in the top of the fifth when Kendrys Morales hit his 20th homer of the year. It stayed that way until the eighth. Vernon Wells led off the inning with a single. After two outs, Mike Trout walked. Torii Hunter singled to drive in Wells.
Greinke had only thrown 109 pitches after Alex Gordon‘s single with one out in the ninth. Ernesto Frieri was brought in though after throwing 35 pitches the night before. It turned out to be a bad move. Billy Butler and Salvador Perez went back to back to give the Royals a walk-off win.