The Kansas City Royals began a three-game series on Friday, June 26, 2015 in the verdant, cavernous confines of O.co Coliseum. Kansas City was coming off an 8-2 victory in Seattle. Their record stood at 41-28. The Oakland Athletics’ came into the game at 34-41. After a rough start, the A’s had won five an a row and nine of eleven. Yours truly had camera in hand as I made my semi-regular Royals’ pilgrimage from my home in Sacramento.
Eric Hosmer signs autographs before the game. I stationed myself behind the Royals dugout. Fans bring sharpies and things to sign: baseballs, paper, babies. Fans then hurl those things at the players. Eric Hosmer looks intense here, but fans have terrible arms.
Fox Sports announcer Joel Goldberg announces on camera. I appreciate the improvised cardboard visor for the monitor, the duck tape drink holder and the socks!
Here we have Royals right fielder Alex Rios shaking hands with Michael “Zman” Zagaris–team photographer for the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco 49ers. Rios scored the second Royals run in the third inning on a single from Lorenzo Cain.
Again, nice socks Joel Goldberg.
I believe this picture contains, from left to right, Oakland fans, Marcus Semien, a security guard, Stephen Vogt, an Athletics training staff member, Brett Lawrie, Josh Reddick and, what do you know, Ben Zobrist! The Royals acquired Zobrist and cash approximately one month later–July 28, 2015–for Sean Manaea and Aaron Brooks.
Ben Zobrist hit a ninth-inning double off Franklin Morales scoring Josh Phegley to make the score 5-2. Greg Holland was then brought in to earn his fifteenth save.
Eric Hosmer had a catch with Mike Moustakas before the game. Here’s Hosmer telegraphing his throw with his lips.
Hosmer singled in the third inning. Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain scored and Hosmer ended up on second after a bad throw from Oakland first baseman Ike Davis.
Alex Gordon jogs to the outfield to warm-up prior to game time. Gordon hit a sixth inning solo home run off Jesse Hahn, making the score 5-1, Royals.
Edinson Volquez throws warm-up tosses to Salvador Perez. Volquez was credited with the win in the game and moved his record to 8-4 on the season.
The Royals disperse after the National Anthem. Alex Rios seems to be staring me down. I can only imagine it’s because of exposing his bromance with Micahel Zagaris. This photograph also features Jeremy Guthrie, Rusty Kuntz, Eric Hosmer, Kendrys Morales, and Drew Butera.
Kendrys Morales got the Royals on the board with a solo home run in the second inning.
Omar Infante is about to make a warm-up throw to Alcides Escobar. I put the camera away for game time. The Royals won 5-2. Their record stood at 42-28 and they had a 4.5 game lead in the AL Central–their biggest lead to that point.