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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | May 21, 2018

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Game #17 – Kansas City Royals (4-14) vs. Cleveland Indians (9-7)


By Matthew Van Wormer

The Kansas City Royals ended their long losing streak last night at Progressive Field.  The Indians will try to start a new streak for the Royals, and a winning streak of their own, while also trying to win their fourth straight series of the 2012 season.  The Tribe bats were fairly silent on Wednesday evening.  Hopefully, they will wake up early, have a good breakfast and be ready to go at game time today.

Indians hitters will be dealing with right-hander, Luis Mendoza (0-2, 6.92 ERA), a pitcher who they scored nine runs on in just four innings back on April 15th.  Travis Hafner was 2 for 2 with a single, a home run and a walk in the game that the Indians went on to win 13-7.  The longest outing for Mendoza on the season is just 5.2 innings and that was his first start of the season.  The Tribe will look to jump on Mendoza early and get a good lead for their starter.

That title belongs to Josh Tomlin (1-1, 4.86 ERA) who is coming off of a beautiful start which saw him throw eight innings of baseball where he gave up just five hits, one run and struck out seven while walking none.  It was a masterful outing as he went pitch for pitch against Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners in a game that the Indians up ended up winning 2-1. Tomlin will have to attack the strike zone but also be careful as the Royals scored all of their runs via the home run during Wednesday’s game.

Shin-Soo Choo missed Wednesday night’s game with tightness in his left hamstring.  He has been listed day to day but his bat was definitely missed in the lineup.  Jack Hannahan had his, short, seven game hitting streak snapped against Luke Hochevar and the Royals bullpen.  The matinee gets under way at 12:05 in downtown Cleveland.  The Indians will send the Royals packing with the Angels coming into town on Friday.

Cleveland Indians Starting Lineup
1. Michael Brantley, CF
2. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
3. Carlos Santana, C
4. Travis Hafner, DH
5. Shelley Duncan, LF
6. Jack Hannahan, 3B
7. Jose Lopez, 1B
8. Jason Kipnis, 2B
9. Aaron Cunningham, RF

Kansas City Royals Starting Lineup
1. Yuniesky Betancourt, 2B
2. Alex Gordon, LF
3. Billy Butler, DH
4. Eric Hosmer, 1B
5. Jeff Francoeur, RF
6. Mike Moustakas, 3B
7. Brayan Pena, C
8. Mitch Maier, CF
9. Alcides Escobar, SS

Photo:  Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

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