Long Ball Takes Down Tribe; Royals 8, Indians 2
By Matthew Van Wormer
First, let’s take a moment to look at the positives. The Detroit Tigers and Chicago White Sox both lost their games on Wednesday so the Indians still hold on to a share of first place in the Central Division. Unfortunately, the Tribe blew a perfect chance to be on top all by themselves. The final score on the night was 8-2 in favor of the Royals.
Instead, the Indians lost to the Royals, ending Kansas City’s 12-game losing streak. The Indians struggled to get timely hits and had another subpar outing from Ubaldo Jimenez who walked the leadoff hitter en route to his first loss of the season. In his six innings of work, Jimenez gave up six hits and four earned runs. The Tribe starters allowed four home runs in the contest.
The four runs that the Royals scored while he was in the game were all Luke Hochevar needed as he was a completely different pitcher than the one the Indians faced on April 13. Indians hitters were continuously baffled by the pitches heading their way. Instead of hitting Hochevar hard again, the Tribe went meekly, save a run each in the sixth and seventh inning.
The Royals started by scoring two runs in the first and two more in the fifth. They would add some insurance in the top of the ninth as the Indians bullpen had their worst outing in awhile. Alex Gordon and Billy Butler hit back to back homers in the inning, totaling four runs, before Cleveland’s defense could get out of the inning.
The Indians went quietly in the bottom of the ninth after Jack Hannahan, Jason Kipnis and Casey Kotchman went down 1-2-3. Only one ball was hit into play when Kotchman grounded out to end the game. The other two struck out feebly.
The rubber match will be tomorrow at 12:05 as the Indians try to win their fourth straight series and take their second crack at winning their 10th game of the season. Josh Tomlin (1-1, 4.86 ERA) will face off against Luis Mendoza (0-2, 6.92 ERA).
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