U-Win Tonight, U-Get Help Tomorrow; Indians 5, Royals 2
By Mike Brandyberry
In a game that was hardly noticed for seven innings, the Indians came from behind with four runs in the bottom of the ninth to defeat the Kansas City Royals, 5-2 Saturday evening. The Indians continued to struggle to score runs, but no one seemed to noticed amid trade speculations, and eventual confirmation, surrounding Ubaldo Jimenez.
The Royals jumped on top early when Alex Gordon walked and Melky Cabrera doubled into the right field corner. When Eric Hosmer grounded out to Jason Kipnis, the Royals took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Neither team would score until the bottom of the eighth, but few would notice as ESPN, MLB Network and twitter began to explode with news that the Indians were in serious talks for Jimenez.
The Tribe knocked on the door in the sixth inning when Matt LaPorta doubled off the wall to lead off the inning. After LaPorta could not score on Ezequiel Carrera’s single up the middle, Michael Brantley flew out to left field. LaPorta was thrown out at the plate by left fielder Alex Gordon, keeping the Royals ahead by one.
In the bottom of the eighth, as the Jimenez trade became more certain, Lonnie Chisenhall walked and moved to second base on a passed ball. After LaPorta and Carrera flied out, Brantley singled to right field to score Chisenhall and tie the game at one. Kansas City would answer back with a run in the ninth, when Chris Getz singled home Jeff Francoeur and take a 2-1 lead.
But, with the entire team on off the bench, Carlos Santana doubled down the line to move pinch runner Orlando Cabrera to third. Kosuke Fukudome hit a sacrifice fly to deep left field to tie the game. After Chisenhall walked, LaPorta hit a three-run home run to give the Indians another, bottom of the ninth, victory, by a score of 5-2.
After the victory, news of the trade for Ubaldo Jimenez became official. With the victory, the Indians cut the Tigers’ lead to only a game and a half. Certainly the Indians made a statement tonight, on the field and off, they are in this pennant race for the long haul.