Royals manager Ned Yost said his team is still in the hunt for the division despite being 8 games out of first place. His team is certainly showing they have fight. Yuniesky Betancourt and Scott Podsednik hit RBI singles in the 10th inning to give the Royals a 6-4 win at Seattle on Monday night. The Royals rallied with two outs, marking the 30th time the Royals have scored with two outs.
The Royals rallied to tie the game in the eighth after getting four singles and a sac fly off reliever Brandon League. He replaced Felix Hernandez who held the Royals to two runs on six hits in seven innings.
Seattle jumped to a 4-1 lead in the fifth thanks to a two run homer from Russell Branyan off Brian Bannister. Kyle Farnsworth was the winning pitcher and All-Star Joakim Soria stranded two runners for his 23rd save.
It was the Royals’ eighth victory in 11 games and their also becoming the king of two out rallies. Before the game, manager Ned Yost says his team is still in the hunt for the division title and he wasn’t joking. At just eight games back, he said his team is one good week away from getting right back in the race. The Royals are 37-46.
“We’re in it. We’re eight games out. We’re a week out of first place as we sit today. Really, I mean eight days. Things happen. Yeah, I really believe it. Why can’t we make a run? We’ve made a little bit of a run. We keep winning series, we keep playing the way that we’re playing, who knows what can happen? If you think you’re out of it, you’re out of it. There’s not a guy in that clubhouse that thinks we’re out of it. I mean, we’re not even at the All-Star break and we’re eight games out. There’s no telling what can happen. But we have to continue to pitch the way we’ve pitched, we’ve got to continue doing what we’ve been doing. There are a lot of things that got to go right for us but, heck yeah, we still think we’re in it.”