6/26/2014 1:46 A.M. ET
Van Slyke secures win with his fingertips
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
KANSAS CITY -- The Royals had just received a reprieve from the replay Gods, with pinch-runner Pedro Ciriaco originally called out trying to steal second. The call was overturned, and there he was, the tying run, in scoring position with one out in the bottom of the ninth.
Lorenzo Cain came up to face Brian Wilson, the Dodgers' setup man pressed into duty with closer Kenley Jansen shut down. Wilson was seeking his first save in more than two years.
On a 3-2 pitch, Wilson reached back for a 94-mph fastball, and Cain sent it toward the right-field corner, a tie game for sure, until the outstretched glove of first baseman Scott Van Slyke just barely hung onto the ball, which Van Slyke fired to second base to double off Ciriaco and end a 5-4 win for the Dodgers.
"I snow-coned it," Van Slyke said afterward.
The 6-for-5 Scott Van Slyke was starting at first base so that Adrian Gonzalez could be the DH. "[Manager] Don Mattingly played the right first baseman tonight -- the tall one," cracked A.J. Ellis, who brought home the go-ahead run when he was hit by a Wade Davis pitch with the bases loaded in the eighth inning.
"That's a tough play right there," Kansas City manager Ned Yost said of Ciriaco's read. "The rule is always you freeze on a line drive, but the situation and he was amped up to score the winning run, he just go too far off."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.