Bobby Witt Jr. saves the day in the 9th as Royals rally to shock Mariners from 8-0 down

The Kansas City Royals faced a daunting deficit early in their game against the Seattle Mariners, trailing 7-0 after the first inning and 8-0 by the fourth. However, the Royals refused to give up and pulled off an incredible comeback to secure a thrilling 10-9 victory. This win improved their record to 38-26, bringing them closer to the AL Central-leading Cleveland Guardians.

The Mariners took advantage of Royals starter Daniel Lynch IV’s struggles during an extended first inning. Although Lynch was just one strike away from ending the inning unscathed, he allowed the Mariners to score their first run on a walk. The Mariners continued to add runs with a series of hits and a two-run homer, taking their lead to eight runs by the fourth inning.

Determined not to let this lead slip away, Kansas City fought back with a three-run fourth inning and another three-run rally in the sixth inning. By the ninth inning, they had narrowed the gap to just two runs. In this final innings, Nick Loftin and Garrett Hampson reached base, setting up Bobby Witt Jr., who tripled and tied the game. The Royals ultimately secured their victory with a walk-off fielder’s choice as Loftin scored on a wild pitch.

This comeback was no easy feat as only five teams have achieved it within the last 50 seasons after trailing by seven or more runs after the first inning.

The Royals’ determination and resilience paid off as they demonstrated their ability to overcome significant challenges and emerge victorious in dramatic fashion. The team celebrated their hard-fought win with a well-deserved Gatorade shower for Witt Jr., who played a crucial role in leading them back from behind.

By Sophia Gonzalez

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