They weren't bunting, stealing or taking the extra bag enough. They went away from the 'Small Ball' that got them through the Wildcard, Division Series and American League Championship Series.
The Royals played a certain way during the regular season and the style worked for them through the playoffs, but in crunchtime in the World Series, they lost their nerve.
Alex Gordon's hit to the wall in the ninth inning off of Madison Bumgarner was a prime example of their lack of courage in the toughest of moments. I blame the Third Base Coach, Mike Jirschele, who could have waved Gordon around third and pressed the Giants into earning the win with a defensive play.
The pundits who say Gordon would have been out by a long way are badly mistaken. If you look and analyze the play correctly, things would have been very different if Jirschele was paying closer attention to how the play was unraveling.
If Jirschele was doing his job correctly, he would have been waving Gordon in towards home plate and left the option of holding on at third to the last moment (he stopped waving a split second after Gordon rounded second base). This was the type of Royals agenda that was dictated for almost the entire season.
The bottom line is that the Royals did not stick to their gameplan and ultimately it came back to bite them bigtime. It is exactly what happened to the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night in their loss to the Washington Redskins.