If this were a game of Jeopardy, Royals for 200 would read: This team actually looks worse than Kansas City right now.
The correct answer, or question in this case, would be: Who are the Oakland A’s?
Tuesday, the Royals beat the A’s 8-7 in 10 innings. It was the second straight time Kansas City beat Oakland on the road. The A’s are on a three game losing streak and have lost nine of their last 10 games overall.
The Royals came into the series having only won three road games all year. They must really feel comfortable in Oakland because they’ve rattled off two in the last two nights. Tuesday’s win gave the Royals their first series win since last August which was also in Oakland.
Mark Grudzielanek played hero for Kansas City driving in the winning run with a single in the 10th. The A’s thought they had things wrapped up leading 7-6 with two out in the ninth. But former Athletic Matt Stairs singled in the tying run to force extra-innings.
Things were looking pretty ordinary for the Royals early in the game. They built leads of 4-0 and 6-1, but just as they always seem to do, they let the A’s back in the game. Oakland eventually took the lead in the 7-6 in the fifth.
Elmer Dessens got the win in relief pitching two scoreless innings. Ambiorix Burgos provided his usual nerve wrecking performance before earning the save.