Former Bee Moustakas is latest hero for Royals

Royals 3B Mike Moustakas watches his solo home run in the 11th inning Thursday night at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Royals 3B Mike Moustakas watches his solo home run in the 11th inning Thursday night at Angel Stadium. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Thursday night saw another extra-inning playoff victory for Kansas City, with another former Burlington Bees player getting the game-winning hit for the Royals.

On Tuesday it was catcher Salvador Perez who drove in the game-winning run for the Royals — he played 36 games with the 2009 Bees, as I noted in my last post. On Thursday it was third baseman Mike Moustakas with an 11th-inning solo homer to beat the Los Angeles Angels 3-2.

Moustakas played the entire 2008 season with the Bees, batting .272 with 22 HR and 71 RBI in 126 games. That team, which included LHP Danny Duffy (8-4, 2.20 ERA, 102 strikeouts in 81.2 IP/17 starts), won the Midwest League championship.

Two Royals outfielders — CF Lorenzo Cain and RF Nori Aoki — each made two defensive gems. Cain played 15 games with the 2009 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, batting .192 (10-for-52) with nine walks and three RBI.

In Baltimore, the Orioles beat the Detroit Tigers 12-3 to take Game 1 of their American League Division Series. Orioles DH Nelson Cruz went 2-for-4 with a HR and 3 RBI.

Cruz played the entire 2003 season with the Kane County Cougars, batting .238 with 20 HR and 85 RBI in 119 games.

Nelson Cruz playing with the 2003 Kane County Cougars

Nelson Cruz playing with the 2003 Kane County Cougars

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