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Walk-off – Saying goodbye to Minny in style

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Tony Pena, Jr. is under that pile, being mobbed by his teammates. Pena delivered the Royals’ second walk-off win of the season yesterday and Around the Horn is hear to say, those are just fun. You can’t help but smile watching wins come together like that.

8-10 Pena.JPG Bottom of the 12th, two men on. And
Pena smoked a line drive back up the middle which looked like it might kill Twins’ lefty Craig Breslow. Mark Teahen scores and game over.

What’s more Jose Guillen was intentionally walked to get to Pena. Around the Horn would like to point out yet another example of an IBB coming back to haunt a team. No matter how good setting up the force at second is, a few of us here at Around the Horn remain unconvinced. Sorry for the rant…

Teahen scored fairly easily from second after he doubled earlier in the inning. Teahen drew a throw but it was all over when Pena made contact and the ball shot by Breslow straight up the middle of the field and into center.

Couple fun facts about the walk-off:
Pena is 2-for-2 as a DH in his career.
The walk-off was the ninth game-winning RBI and 13th go-ahead RBI of Pena’s career.
The Royals are 10-5 in powder blue.

 

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Stay tuned for a sneak peak at the Royals clubhouse later tonight.

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Final Game before the All-Star break

Walkoff DeJesus.jpgCouple notes:
David DeJesus delivered with a walk-off game winner last night. DeJesus hit the first pitch he saw from Brandon Morrow 371 feet into the Royals’ bullpen. Joey Gathright scored and then the Royals mobbed DeJesus.

It was the Royals first walk-off since April 19, 2005 when Alberto Castillo hit one against Cleveland. And for DeJesus it was his 10th homer of the year, a new career high. His previous high was nine in 2005.

Mark_Grudzielanek_2000_hit_0942.jpgNot to be overshadowed, Mark Grudzielanek connected for hits number 1,999 and 2,000 in his first two at-bats last night. Around the Horn covered his milestone some already and for you stat geeks, expect a full break down later this week with regular season play at a halt.

The Royals will be presenting Joakim Soria with an All-Star jersey. But Soria isn’t the only Royal who will be in New York. Director of Community Relations Ben Aken has already been in the Big Apple for a couple of days. He’s working with Major League Baseball’s community relations staff and was the only team representative chosen to work the game.

Vice President of Communications and Broadcasting Mike Swanson hopped a plane today to head to New York. He’ll be working in the press box and helping with the Media Relations staff to support the huge media contingent covering the game. So congratulations go out to both Aken and Swanson.    

Today’s Lineup:

DeJesus CF
Aviles SS
Teahen RF
Guillen LF
Grudzielanek 2B
Gordon 3B
Butler DH
Gload 1B
Buck C

Davies P

Here’s today’s Official Game Notes.

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