Kansas City, Mo. Royals manager Ned Yost and outfielder Jeff Francoeur both had been ejected long before the ninth inning of Thursday night’s game against Milwaukee, so they had to settle for watching its dramatic conclusion on television.
They both saw Brayan Pena deliver an RBI single to tie the game.
Neither of them saw Jarrod Dyson cross home plate with the winning run.
“I don’t know what happened! They didn’t do a real good job of showing it on TV,” Yost said with a broad smile in the moments afterward. “Frenchy and I were watching it on TV and started pushing each other, and all of a sudden, Dyson is sliding across home plate.”
Pena had rounded first base when Brewers shortstop Edwin Maysonet cut off the throw from left field, and he made the mistake of firing to second base. That allowed the speedy Dyson to take off for home, his slide giving the Royals a 4-3 victory and three-game sweep.
“Ned had to pull me back because I was going to run out there and celebrate,” Francoeur said. “He had to remind me that you can’t go back down there after you’ve been thrown out.”
The wild ninth inning began when Mitch Maier reached first base while striking out on a wild pitch against Brewers closer John Axford (1-3), who also blew a save chance the previous night.
Milwaukee had pulled ahead in the eighth when Carlos Gomez singled off Luke Hochevar, and Maysonet laid down a sacrifice to get him into scoring position. Pinch-hitter Cody Ransom singled to left off reliever Jose Mijares to give Milwaukee the lead.
The run put Shaun Marcum in line to pick up his fourth straight win — at least, until everything unraveled for the second straight night for Axford.
He allowed Escobar’s two-run triple in the ninth inning on Wednesday night.