Guthrie Keeps Cleveland Bats Quiet—Tribe Loses Game One of Doubleheader; Royals 9, Indians 0
Steve Eby | On 28, Apr 2013
The Indians were defeated 9-0 by the Kansas City Royals in the first game of the first ever day/night doubleheader in Kansas City history.
The Indians bats continued a disturbing trend of silence, getting shut down all afternoon by former Indian Jeremy Guthrie. Meanwhile, Tribe starter Justin Masterson struggled to put Royals hitters away as Kansas City used two-out magic to defeat the staff ace.
Coming into the game, the Indians had scored three or fewer runs in 13 of their 20 games. They had scored 87 runs total, 32 of which came in two games. They had been completely dependent on the homerun, as Cleveland averaged only 1.6 runs in games that they did not hit the long ball.
All of those trends continued on Sunday afternoon.
The Indians got some bad luck early, as Carlos Santana blasted a one-out fly ball deep to the right centerfield wall in the top of the second. The ball initially appeared to clear the fence and bounce back onto the field, but was ruled a double by the umpires. Instant replays proved that Santana had indeed hit the very top of the fence and the double call stood. After Ryan Raburn struck out, Lonnie Chisenhall was robbed of an RBI single on a nice diving play by Kansas City first baseman Eric Hosmer. The Royals then broke through in the bottom half.
Kansas City broke the scoreless tie when Jeff Francoeur drove home Mike Moustakas with a two-out RBI double. Moustakas had worked a four pitch walk after Masterson struck out the first two batters of the inning. Francoeur was then brought home when Jarrod Dyson roped another double down the right field line and the Royals had an early 2-0 lead. In the fourth, it was déjà vu all over again.
Another two out, four pitch walk to Moustakas started the second KC rally. After the free pass, it was the same culprits who got to Masterson again. Francoeur slammed a Baltimore-chop into the ground for an infield single to put runners at first and second and then Dyson then continued his big day by lining a broken bat single up the middle to score Moustakas. The base hit made the score 3-0, but the Royals were certainly not finished with Masterson for the afternoon.
With one out in the fifth, Kansas City made the score 4-0 when Alcides Escobar tomahawked a belt high fastball from Masterson down the left field line and out of the ballpark. The homerun was Escobar’s third of the season.
Escobar got to Masterson again in the seventh, when he drove in his second run of the game on an RBI fielder’s choice. The Royals had started the inning with back to back singles before Escobar drove in the Royals fifth run. A wild pitch, a walk to Billy Butler and an RBI single by Hosmer would make the score 6-0 and chase Masterson from the ballgame.
Matt Albers relieved and did not fare any better than the Tribe starter. Albers hit Salvador Perez to load the bases and then walked Moustakas to make the score 7-0. Scott Barnes, who was activated before the ballgame as the Indians 26th man for the doubleheader, worked the eighth inning and gave up a two run homerun to Alex Gordon that put the score at its final of 9-0.
Completely opposite of all Tribe pitchers were Guthrie and relievers Tim Collins and Luke Hochevar, who shut out the Indians. Guthrie was particularly impressive, going 6.2 innings allowing six hits and striking out five on his way to his third win of the season.
Bright spots for the Indians included Masterson’s season high nine strikeouts as well as Asdrubal Cabrera who had three hits on the afternoon. Santana and Chisenhall also chipped in two hits.
The Indians will try to split the twin-bill Sunday night as Corey Kluber (1-0, 1.80) will make his first start of the season. The Royals will counter with lefthander Will Smith (0-0, –) who will make his first appearance of the season. The nightcap can be heard on the Indians Radio Network, but will not be broadcast on television because of ESPN owning exclusive Sunday Night Baseball rights.
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