Hosmer Provides All the Power KC Needs; Royals 6, Indians 5
Mike Brandyberry | On 04, Jul 2013
Some games have it all. This one had nearly everything but an Indians win.
After a two hour and 52-minute rain delay to start the game, Jeremy Guthrie and Scott Kazmir hooked up in a pitcher’s duel for five innings. Following that, an inside-the-park and stadium power outage all ensued before Eric Hosmer hit a towering blast in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Royals a 6-5 win.
Kansas City jumped on top in the bottom of the first inning. Alex Gordon doubled to the right center field gap to start the frame. After Alcides Escobar bunted Gordon to third and Eric Hosmer lined out, it appeared Gordon could be stranded in scoring position. However, Billy Butler singled to right field to drive home Gordon and give the Royals a 1-0 lead.
After the rocky first inning, both Kazmir and Guthrie settled in to the game. Kazmir scattered four hits over the first four innings, while Guthrie only allowed two hits in the first four innings. Guthrie allowed a hit in the first inning to American League Player of the Month, Jason Kipnis and a hit the next inning to Ryan Raburn. The hit by Kipnis extended his hit streak to 14 games. Guthrie retired 10 Indians in a row.
Then, in the top of the sixth inning, the offense busted loose. Michael Bourn and Asdrubal Cabrera each singled to start the inning before Jason Kipnis hit a strange inside-the-park home run to give the Indians a 3-1 lead. Royals’ left fielder Alex Gordon went back on the ball and ran into the left field fence, bruising his hip and violently hitting his head. Eventually, Gordon was able to leave the field under his own control.
Kansas City answered right back in the bottom half of the inning when Escobar and Eric Hosmer each singled to start the inning. Bryan Shaw came in to relieve Kazmir and after striking out Billy Butler, he had little luck. Salvador Perez, Lorenzo Cain and Miguel Tejada each had run scoring singles punched through the right side to make it 4-3, Kansas City.
Cain scored the final run of the wild sixth inning when Shaw threw to first base and Nick Swisher missed the throw. Swisher was charged an error, Cain scored and Tejada advanced to second base, giving the Royals a 5-3 lead. Rich Hill replaced Shaw on the mound to retire the final out of the inning.
After a wild sixth, the seventh inning did its best to challenge for the title. After Mark Reynolds struck out to start the top of the seventh, the stadium lights went out with Raburn at the plate. After a 12-minute delay to get the power back on, Guthrie walked Raburn and Yan Gomes. That ended Guthrie’s evening, as he was relieved by Will Smith.
Bourn greeted him with a single to center field that scored Raburn and advanced Gomes to third base. The Indians tied the game when Cabrera hit a sacrifice fly to center field to bring home Gomes and even the score at five.
Hill got the first out in the bottom of the seventh inning, then gave way to Cody Allen. After he struck out Escobar, Eric Hosmer hit a 436-foot home run to center field, to give Kansas City the lead for good at 6-5. Hosmer’s blast was his eighth of the season and would end the craziness of the evening.
Cleveland went quietly in the final two innings and the Royals tied the series with their win. Will Smith (1-1) pitched an inning and two-thirds for the win, while Cody Allen (3-1) was saddled with his first loss of the season. The towering home run to Hosmer was the difference in the game.
The Tribe will try to win the series on Independence Day when Ubaldo Jimenez (6-4, 4.63) takes the mound with hopes of another quality start. He’ll be opposed by the Royals’ James Shields (3-6, 2.99).
Photo: Orlin Wagner/AP Photo