Here are today’s Indians and Royals lineups as the visiting Tribe wraps up their three-city road trip looking to avoid ending it with a series sweep by Kansas City.
2B Jose Ramirez
SS Asdrubal CabreraTo read more or comment...
Stephanie Storm’s final thoughts on the Indians 7-5 loss to the host Kansas City Royals.
1) Saturday night’s game was Friday’s night’s all over again. Tie game. The Royals Billy Butler slams an absolute bomb to left field off an Indians reliever. The two-run home run ultimately proves to be the game-winning margin. Royals win – again. Another Carlos Santana home run gone for naught.
2) The Indians are so bad right now, they can’t even lose in an interesting fashion. This, after beating the Division rival Detroit Tigers three times in the four-game series that kicked off this long, 11-game road trip. Boy, that series feels like forever ago. Since then, the Indians have gone 1-6 and will spend Sunday’s game trying to avoid finishing the road trip with the thud a four-game sweep by the host Royals.
“You can get overexcited about it, a little bit too happy and take the foot off the gas pedal,” admitted Zach McAllister, the Indians starter – and losing pitcher Saturday.To read more or comment...
The Indians offense handed starting pitcher Zach McAllister a 5-0 lead in second inning after batting around and sending 11 to the plate against Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie.
Fast forward two innings. With two outs in the fourth inning, the Royals had already caught up, retuning the favor with a four-run rally that completely erased the Tribe’s lead and reset the game.
The Royals went on to complete the rally in a 7-5 victory – marking the host’s third consecutive win in this four-game set against the pitching–poor Tribe, who look to avoid the sweep Sunday after in the final game of an 11-game road trip.
Worse than losing the five-run cushion and taking the loss, was the fact that the Royals caught up in a mere span of eight batters in a four-run fourth inning that featuring a two-out, two-run triple by Nori Aoki.To read more or comment...
Here are today’s pre-game notes and the Indians and Royals lineups for Saturday's game at Kauffman Stadium, the third contest of the four-game series:
2B Jason KipnisTo read more or comment...
Stephanie Storm’s final thoughts on the Indians 6-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals Friday night at Kauffman Stadium.
1) The Ax Man cometh…and The Ax Man dishes up another big hit.
Just when it appeared that John Axford had fixed the delivery problems that cost him the Indians closer’s role in mid-May, back-to-back bad outings in Kansas City have left doubts that he may never get back to the dominating form that allows a team to entrust him such an important role.
Manager Terry Francona had increasingly begun to trust the lanky right-hander again “in high-leverage” situations as he calls them. Mind you, we’re talking about a late-inning set up role, NOT even the closer role. And wouldn’t you know Axford is struggling again.To read more or comment...