The Kansas City Royals saved their season with an incredible five-run eighth inning ton that beat the Houston Astros Monday, and baseball fans will want to watch live online to see if the Royals can keep their momentum going and win a second straight trip to the American League Championship Series when they host the do-or-die Game Five of their division series against the Astros.
Down 2-1 in the best-of-five series and 6-2 in the game going into the eighth inning, the Royals got the benefit of a blown double play chance by 21-year-old Astros shortstop Carlos Correa, which opened the floodgates for a five-run explosion.
Actually, the Royals had already plated two runs, starting the inning with five consecutive singles, when Correa made his fateful error. After the game, the Astros shortstop — who had already homered twice in the game — made no excuses.
“I missed it. That’s what happened. I wish I was perfect. I wish I could do everything perfect, but I’m not. I’m human.”
“We always feel that we’re still in games, and we still have a chance,” said Royals 25-year-old first baseman Eric Hosmer. “That’s the mentality for this whole entire team. It’s never quit, and the character we showed today. That’s what a championship ballclub does.”
In fact, the comeback was the second time the Royals has rebounded late in the game from a four-run deficit in the postseason, doing the same thing in the 2014 American League Wild Card Game against the Oakland A’s.
To find out how to watch the sudden-death Game Five of the Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals AL Division Series live online, see the streaming information in the final paragraph of this article. The action gets underway at 7 p.m. Central Time — 8 p.m. Eastern and 5 p.m. Pacific — at Kaufmann Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri on Wednesday, October 14.
The Astros send Game 1 winner Collin McHugh to the mound in hopes that he can repeat — or surpass — his solid six-inning, two-run, four-hit outing back on October 8.
Royals batters have not seen much of McHugh, other than in that first game of the ALDS. Ben Zobrist has faced McHugh most often — with just nine plate appearances. But McHugh was not much of a mystery to Zobrist, who has three hits and a walk in those nine plate appearances, including a double and a triple.
The Royals will entrust their season to their big trade deadline acquisition, 29-year-old Johnny Cueto — who has been a disappointment since coming over from the Cincinnati Reds in July. Cueto got the win in just four of his 13 starts for Kansas City, with seven losses and an unimpressive 4.76 ERA.
Cueto was shaky in his Game Two start for Kansas City, giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks in six innings pitched as the Royals managed a late comeback to escape with a 5-4 victory. But Cueto did not figure in the decision.
Can the Houston Astros win their first playoff series since losing in their only World Series appearance back in 2005? Or can the Kansas City Royals nail down their second straight trip to the AL Championship Series, after missing the playoffs in every year since winning the World Series in 1985? To find out, watch the Houston Astros vs. Kansas City Royals American League Division Series Game 5 live online from Kansas City, Missouri, by going to Fox Sports Go at this link, or downloading the Fox Sports Go app to watch on mobile devices. Fox Sports Go also streams live on the Amazon Fire TV device, allowing fans to watch the Astros vs. Royals game live online on their TV sets.
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