Royals Win AL Central, Next Step the Playoffs
Thursday night the Kansas City Royals faced off against the Seattle Mariners. In forced extra innings, bottom of the 10th, Lorenzo Cain hit a single to right field allowing Paulo Orlando to score from second to win the game. The win also clinched them the AL Central Division title and a spot in the playoffs this October. The final score was 4-3.
This is the first time the Royals have taken home the division title since the AL Central's formation in 1994. This also is the first division title for the Royals in 29 years, the last one being back in 1984 when they were still part of the AL West Division. Two things had to happen for them to claim the title. The Royals needed to take home a win against the Mariners and the Twins needed to lose to the Indians.
Next, the Royals have their eyes set on winning the World Series. This is the second year in a row for the Royals to enter the playoffs. Last year's entry was by winning the AL Wildcard game against the Oakland Athletics. For the remainder of the regular season the Royals will be fighting to stay ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays to have the best record and win home field advantage in the post season. This win ups their lead over the Blue Jays to two.