Disappointing Defeat; Royals 5, Indians 3
By Craig Gifford
What loomed as a key homestand just a little over a week ago ended Sunday in defeat, much like the majority of the stretch.
The Indians fell to 52-51, 2.5 games behind the Tigers in the Central Division, with a 5-3 defeat at the hands fo the Kansas Royals Sunday. The loss ended a homestand of promise at a disappointing 2-6. Both wins came in the Tribe’s last at bat, meaning Cleveland was very lucky to even come away with a win over the eight games in front of a Progressive Field crowd.
As has been the case for a couple months now, the Indians bats were mostly silent. They did make some noise in the fifth inning, trailing 3-0, Jason Kipnis hit his first career major league home run. The Tribe added another run in the frame when Asdrubal Cabrera doubled and Carlos Santana put the Indians within one with his second triple of the season.
After Kansas City went back up with a tally in the eighth, the Indians came back with one of their own in the bottom of the frame. This time it was Travis Hafner with a pinch-hit sacrifice fly getting the Tribe with a score. However, what is starting to look like an overworked bullpen, could not keep it that close. Tony Sipp gave up three hits and allowed the Royals to tack on an insurance run in the ninth.
The extra cushion was plenty for Kansas City closer Joakim Soria. The Indians got Soria in the ninth on Saturday night, scoring four runs for a last at bat win. However, Soria controlled things on Sunday, shutting down the Tribe in the final stanza and sending the crowd of 21,101 home disappointed.
After the rough home stretch, it won’t get any easier for the Wahoo Warriors. In fact, it gets tougher. They will now embark on a seven-game road trip, visiting division leaders Boston for four games and Texas for three games.