The Rangers had the mantra Never Ever Quit. They lost more than 80 percent of their games when they trailed after the fourth inning.
While they may not have quit, they also didn’t get results.
Watching the Kansas City, you see a team that really does live by the Never Ever Quit philosophy.
Remember that incredible Wild Card Game last year against Oakland? It was one of the most thrilling games ever. The Royals were down 7-3 after the seventh inning. They tied it in the ninth. Went down a run in the twelfth. Then won it in the bottom of the twelfth.
That’s Never Ever Quitting.
I honestly thought they would pull it out last night in Game 3 against Toronto. Kansas City scored four runs in the top of the ninth to make it closer than it should have been, losing 11-8. But they never ever quit.
This after being down 3-0 in the seventh in Game 2 and then scoring six runs to win 6-3.
But while the Royals lost, the real loser here is Johnny Cueto. He has been horrible since being traded to Kansas City. They were hoping they were getting an ace. What they got was a guy who is actually comparable to Tanner Scheppers more often than not.
The Royals lost nine of the thirteen games he started after the trade deadline. He was routinely roughed up. He never quite seemed to figure it out until a brilliant Division Series game against Houston.
The Royals thought maybe he turned the corner.
He got smacked around again last night.
The next hit he takes will be in free agency this winter.
So, now the Blue Jays have a win. But the Royals scored eight runs. That doesn’t bode well for Toronto.
After all, Cueto won’t pitch again this series.