Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Royals at Rangers

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Royals at Rangers

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Raul Mondesi's first hit in the big leagues is one he'll likely remember for a long time.

Trying to put down a sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the seventh to move the tying runs into scoring position against the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesdays night, Mondesi ended up at third base after the a throwing error and soon scored the go-ahead run as the Kansas City Royals rallied for a 7-5 win in the series finale, giving their fans hope that a Blue October can be achieved for the third consecutive year despite a 3-6 homestand.

Mondesi, a shortstop by trade who is considered the team's top prospect, actually made his major league debut in Game 3 of last year's World Series, becoming the first player in history to make his debut at the Fall Classic. Mondesi struck out in his lone at- bat in the World Series and was called up Tuesday from Omaha and inserted into the lineup as the team's starting second baseman.

Now it's hard to say when and if Mondesi will come out. Facing Angels starter Matt Shoemaker after Alex Gordon and Paulo Orlando singled, Mondesi put down a bunt right in between home plate and the mound. Shoemaker (5-11) fielded and fired to first, but the throw was wild and Gordon and Orlando scored the tying runs, giving the Royals (49-51) life when it looked like they were on life-support.

But before Mondesi scored the tying run, a delay of more than six minutes took place as the Angels (45-56) asked for an umpire review. The call, however, was not overturned, and Jarrod Dyson, who stepped to the plate with just 14 RBIs on the season, walloped a 1-1 pitch into the corner in right for a triple that scored Mondesi with the go-ahead run.

Alcides Escobar followed with a sacrifice fly against reliever JC Ramirez, and an inning later Mondesi had a repeat performance at the plate, getting an RBI on an infield hit, and another run scored on a pitcher's throwing error, giving Mondesi a very happy 21st birthday.

Mondesi, the son of former MLB slugger Raul Mondesi, had to wait quite a while for his first big league hit as he was suspended 50 games for using PEDs. The suspension was later reduced, and Mondesi was quickly moved from Northwest Arkansas to Omaha for some fine- tuning. …

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