Series Result: Indians win series over Royals 2-1
Game 1: Kansas City 7 Cleveland 1
Game 2: Cleveland 7 Kansas City 3
Game 3: Cleveland 4 Kansas City 1
In the series, Brantley went 7-for-13 with 1 home run and 3 RBI’s, along with scoring 2 runs. In the series, Brantley raised his batting average from .312 to .321, with multiple hits in every game of the series.
After pitching what was arguably one of the best games of the season, Tomlin seemed to leave his stuff in Seattle. The LVP this series was tough to pick (no one player really stood out), but Tomlin gets it being the only starting pitcher to get a loss in the series.
Game 1: Far from perfect, Josh Tomlin allows 10 hits in loss to Royals
Yordano Ventura tried to do his best Felix Hernandez/Dan Haren performance, as he held the Tribe to 1 run on 6 hits in 8 1/3 innings of work. I honestly feel like a broken record talking about pitchers shutting down the Tribe batsmen, but the Indians got their first 2 hits in the bottom of the 4th, with two singles and then didn’t register their next hit till the bottom of the 7th. Michael Brantley prevented the shutout by hitting his 13th hom erun of the season in the bottom of the 9th. On the mound, Josh Tomlin was far from the pitcher that we saw in Seattle. Tomlin, in 5 2/3 innings allowed 10 hits and 5 runs, a far cry from almost throwing a perfect game. To his credit, Tomlin had plenty of control, walking none, but just wasn’t able to miss the Royals bats. Mike Moustakas continued to crush Indians pitching going 2-for-4 with a home run and 3 RBI’s. The Tribe once again wasted another 30,000+ crowd, falling to 1-3 on the season when the fans decide to show up. If the Tribe continues to waste their big crowds, we will stop seeing them completely as the fans will not want to support a team that falls flat in big games.
Game 2: Offense wakes up in 7-3 victory
After sleeping through game 1 in the series, the bats woke up as the Tribe scored 7 runs on 14 hits. The Royals started the scoring in this one, as they took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the 1st. Then in the bottom of the 3rd, Michael Bourn supplied the Tribe with an unlikely source of power, clubbing his 3rd home run of the season. Later in the inning, a Jason Kipnis RBI double and Lonnie Chisenhall RBI single gave the Tribe a lead that they would give up. In the bottom of the 5th, Nick Swisher decided to get in on things as he swatted a 2-run single to make it a 5-1 lead. Speaking of Swisher, in the series, he went 2-for-10 with 2 RBI’s and 2 walks, it may not seem like much, but anything Swisher can give us now will be gladly accepted. The big blow in the game was not delivered by either team, but by a hamstring. In the bottom of the 8th Michael Brantley singled in Michael Bourn, after Bourn rounded third base, he ran home gingerly. Bourn was later replaced in the game the next inning. The next day Bourn was placed on the 15 day DL. There is both good and bad news to this. The good news is that Terry Francona said Bourn could have played by next weekend, but the team is playing it safe and giving his hamstring a few extra days off. The bad news is that this is the third time since October that Bourn’s hamstring has caused him to miss time. Bourn is a player who relies solely on his legs to play and at age 31, Bourn’s legs aren’t going to get any stronger. On a more positive note, T.J. House got his first major league win by going 6 2/3 innings allowing 9 hits and 3 runs. It wasn’t a great performance, but it was enough to get the job done.
Game 3: Kluber finally gets run support in dominant performance
Kluber being Kluber; Corey Kluber was on the top of his game in this one was he went 8 1/3 innings allowing 4 hits, 1 run and striking out 10. On the season Kluber has 137 strikeouts (good for 4th in the MLB) and a 2.86 ERA. Kluber made one mistake in the entire game, and that was a home run to Indians killer Mike Moustakas. Moustakas now has 10 home runs on the season, with 5 of them coming against the Indians. The Indians offense provided all the runs Kluber would need in the bottom of the 2nd, when Carlos Santana (a solo homer, his 13th of the season) and Yan Gomes (a 2-run homer, his 10th of the season) each hit home runs. Michael Brantley also added a RBI single in the bottom of the 5th to make it a 4-1 score. Kluber came out to start the 9th inning; Kluber allowed a base runner, but then came back to strikeout the next batter. However, Terry Francona had seen enough and decided to take out Kluber and hand over the reins to Cody “The Chicken Man” Allen, who threw 4 pitches. Ballgame! Indians win the game and their second consecutive series.
Next Up: Derek Jeter makes his final appearance at Progressive Field as the Tribe and Yankees begin a 4 game series on Monday
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