Kansas City, Mo. Alcides Escobar saved the Kansas City Royals with his glove. Billy Butler won it with his bat.
Butler hit a game-winning, two-run homer in the ninth inning Wednesday for a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels, one that wouldn’t have been possible if not for the slick fielding by the Royals’ young shortstop.
Jeff Francoeur singled with one out before Butler connected off Scott Downs (3-2). The ball hit behind the outfield padding in left-center field and bounced back into play, and the umpires initially ruled it a double before video showed it to be a home run.
“I ran out and told (umpire) Fieldin Culbreth, ‘I’ve got no stinking idea where that ball hit,”’ Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He said, ‘Don’t worry about it. We’re going to do the right thing right now because I’m not really sure either. We’ll go check it.’ The replay showed it did make it over that fence and bounced back.”
Angels manager Mike Scioscia asked for an explanation off the homer, but didn’t debate it.