Royals were not fazed by deep deficit to Astros: Yost

Mon Oct 12, 2015 7:21pm EDT
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(Reuters) - The Kansas City players were unfazed when they faced a four-run deficit late in their playoff game against the Houston Astros on Monday, manager Ned Yost said after the Royals pulled off a brilliant comeback.

Down 2-1 in the best-of-five series and facing an early elimination from the postseason, the never-say-die Royals rallied from 2-6 down in Game Four at Minute Maid Park in Houston.

They exploded with a five-run eighth inning, followed by two insurance runs in the ninth, to complete a 9-6 win.

"The thing about this club is that they don't quit," Yost said during a post-game news conference. "They don't. And after giving up three runs there in the bottom of the seventh, they came in on fire. Again, like they do.

"Come on, let's go. Get at-bats, let's start it moving. On base, on base, on base. Let's go boys. That was an unbelievable inning. I think we ended up seeing 53 pitches in the eighth inning. That just shows you the quality of bats that we had.

"They're a confident group. (Down) 6-2 in the eighth inning doesn't look good but it doesn't faze them. They come into that dugout and they're on fire, they're ready to go. It's like it's a tied ball game when we're down one. It didn't matter."

The small-market Royals were the fairytale team of the 2014 postseason.

They qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 1985 and recovered from four runs down in their Wild Card game against Oakland, subsequently losing the World Series to the San Francisco Giants in seven games.

The Royals carried that form into 2014, compiling the best regular season in the American League, 95-67.   Continued...

Oct 12, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon (right) and first baseman Eric Hosmer (35) celebrate in the eighth inning against the Houston Astros in game four of the ALDS at Minute Maid Park. Royals won 9-6. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports