Eric Hosmer and the Kansas City Royals are headed back to Kansas City with their backs against the wall, down three games to two in the 2014 World Series. The Royals will attempt to come back after losing two of the last three games in San Francisco, mostly thanks to the Giants’ ace, Madison Bumgarner, who threw a complete game shutout in San Francisco’s 5-0 game five victory.
After winning the first game in San Francisco and taking a 4-1 lead after three innings in game four, the Royals offense went silent. They weren’t able to score for the remaining 15 innings. They are now hoping that playing back at home in front of their fans will spark some life in their bats and lead them to two straight victories and a World Series championship.
In addition to the fan support that the Royals will have, they will finally be able to go back to their original lineup after they had to change it for the games in San Francisco, adhering to Major League rules. Two major changes will be made to their lineup in San Francisco: the beloved designated hitter Billy Butler will be back and Nori Aoki will once again return to right field, moving breakout defender Lorenzo Cain back to center field.
Heritage alumnus Eric Hosmer was one of the few bright spots for the Royals on the road. He had five hits over the three games, including one against Madison Bumgarner, more than anyone else on the Royals. Hosmer turned 25 on the day he drove in the game-winning run in game three and looks to continue celebrating with two straight wins and a World Series championship for Kansas City.
Hosmer will represent Heritage at the World Series, but he isn’t the only one. Due to the progress of Hosmer and the Royals, Dean Michael Macy, who coached Hosmer in high school, will be attending game six and, if it occurs, game seven, adding yet another Patriot to the action.
The Royals’ impressive defense, specifically in the outfield, has established the tone for their performance. But with the offense going scoreless for the final 15 innings in San Francisco, their bats will need to find the ball again starting tonight at 8 p.m. on Fox, as the Royals need to win game 6.