Did The Tribe Win Last Night? No, they did not. Despite Trevor Bauer being dressed to fight in boxing gloves on Monday night, the Indians were the ones who took a beating against Kansas City as they dropped the second game of the series 11-5. Bauer gave up his first home run of the season in the top of the second when Alex Gordon hit a staggering 428 foot blast that gave the Royals an early 1-0 lead. However, the Indians struck back immediately in the bottom of the inning as Michael Bourn delivered a two RBI single. The Royals tied it up in the fourth inning, as Omar Infante singled to score Kendrys Morales.
Gordon had his second hit of the night in the sixth inning with a single that scored Morales and allowed the Royals to pull ahead 3-2. The Indians responded and took the lead back yet again in the bottom of the sixth on a three-run home run by Brandon Moss. The Royals, however, jumped right back into the game as with a six-run seventh inning that included a three-run home run and put Kansas City back on top 9-5. The Royals tacked on two final runs in the ninth inning, bringing the final score to 11-5.
WP: Finnegan (1-0) LP: Atchison (0-1)
Key Inning: Top of the seventh. Despite the Indians taking a two-run lead the inning before, Scott Atchison gave up a leadoff single to Salvador Perez, followed by a double by Omar Infante and a double from Escobar that scored the tying run. With one out, the Indians challenged a play at home plate in which Marc Rzepczynski almost got Mike Moustakas out, but, instead, enabled Moustakas to advance to second on a catching error by Brett Hayes. The error at the plate also led to the go-ahead run being scored by Escobar to put the Royals ahead 6-5.
Rzepczynski intentionally walked Lorenzo Cain, and Eric Hosmer followed with a force out that left runners at the corners. Rzepczynski left the game at this point and, with two outs, Bryan Shaw gave up a three-run home run to Morales. The Royals sent nine men to the plate in the top of the seventh and tacked on six runs to come out ahead 9-5.
Player of the Game: Kendrys Morales. Not only did he score the run that tied the game in the fourth inning for the Royals, he hit the three-run home run that gave the Royals a comfortable lead in the seventh inning and propelled the team to victory. Morales also scored the tenth run of the game in the ninth inning, giving him four runs on the night. He went three for five overall with three RBI, bringing his average to .321.
They Said It: “He’s the kind of hitter who can carry a team if he gets hot.” Rick Manning and Matt Underwood relayed what they have heard Manager Terry Francona say of Moss and his hitting abilities. He delivered what looked like the game-changing home run today, but, unfortunately, the team was unable to hold on to that lead. Moss’s offense seemed to be the brightest spot in the Indians performance tonight.
Standings: The Indians continue to hold on to their spot at the bottom of the American League Central with their loss today, as they fall to 6-13 on the year. They trail the Twins (8-11) and White Sox (8-9). With their win, the Royals are now tied with the Tigers to lead the division at 14-6.
Etc.: Nick Swisher played in Columbus tonight and swung a hot bat for the Clippers. He was two for five on the night and has a .500 average in Columbus, and he drove in two runs in the Clippers 5-3 win over Rochester.
Analysis: Bauer seemed to still be feeling the effects of his ill-fated alfredo meal last weekend. He was shaky on the mound and notched only two strikeouts in his six innings of work. He gave up seven hits and allowed three runs, raising his ERA to 1.80. Despite walking two batters, though, Bauer didn’t look like the Bauer of seasons past, and instead simply looked like a good pitcher who had an off game after eating some off Italian food.
The Tribe’s bullpen is leaving much to be desired as of late. The double from Escobar that Atchison gave up left Bauer with a no-decision, and Rzepczynski didn’t help in keeping the Royals off the bases, either. Shaw gave up the most damaging run of the game in the three-run homer to Morales, which all but ensured an Indians loss.
Up Next: The Indians will close out their series with the Royals tomorrow night at 6:10 p.m. Danny Salazar (2-0, 2.08 ERA) will look to continue his hot streak since returning to Cleveland as he faces off against Yordano Ventura (2-1, 4.09 ERA), who has lately been known for inciting brawls above all else. Ventura has been ejected from his last two starts and is appealing a seven-game suspension. Judgment could come prior to his start on Wednesday, which means the Royals could find themselves looking for a last-minute starter should the cards not fall their way.
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