November 28, 2021

Indians Cool Off in K.C, Drop 2 Straight

The Cleveland Indians, coming off of a league leading hot streak. Prior to Lonnie Chisenhall’s historic night, the Indians were attempting to capitalize against a familiar division foe in Kansas City.

The Tribe fell behind early against the Royals in the first game and were never able to catch up. The Indians offense, a day after scoring 17 runs, were unable to conjure up any runs until the 8th inning. By then, it was too late for the Indians, who were no match for the starting pitching of Kansas City.

In the 8th inning, down 6-2, the Indians began to heat up. But, as has been the trend for most of the season, the Indians opposition responded with runs of their own, deflating any chance of a rally for the Tribe. The Royals stole the first game of the series against the Tribe with a score of 9-5

The second and final game of the series was a game that pitted Trevor Bauer against Yordano Ventura. Bauer cruised through the first two innings, but encountered trouble in both the 3rd and 4th innings. Through these two innings, Bauer allowed 3 sacrifice fly balls that gave the Royals a 3-0 lead through four.

The Indians responded in the 6th inning with a sacrifice fly of their own, making the score 3-1. The Royals responded quickly in the bottom of the 7th with their 4th sacrifice fly of the day, making the score 4-1.

The Indians attempted to rally in the 8th. Michael Bourn and Lonnie Chisenhall both drew Walks after being in the hole, and Michael Brantley added on with a base hit, loading the bases with no outs in the 8th. (Bourn, Chisenhall, & Brantley were the only Indians to record a hit in today’s game) Kipnis & Santana both came to plate with a chance to empty the bases and tie the game. Both continued to strike out. David Murphy then grounded out to end the inning. This was the last example of offense from the Indians in the game, and Kansas City took the victory in the game of sacrifices, 4-1.

** The 4-9 spots in the Indians lineup went 0-16 in the second game of the series

The Indians look to recover from their 2 game drop off with a 4 game set in Boston starting tomorrow (6/13/2014)

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