CLEVELAND: The Kansas City Royals scored the winning run Monday night on a ninth-inning wild pitch by Matt Albers, but should Carlos Santana have blocked the pitch from skipping between his legs back to the screen?
Asked if Santana should bear part of the responsibility for the team’s league-leading total of 38 wild pitches, Indians manager Terry Francona said: “He has some. I think Carlos felt really bad when the game was over. If you look at it [replay], it really scooted on him. He thought the ball was going to come up and it didn’t.”
With nobody out and the bases loaded, Albers was trying to induce Miguel Tejada to swing at a bad pitch on an 0-and-2 count. His curveball landed in the dirt, but Santana blocked it before it got through his legs. The next pitch was almost identical, but Santana failed to keep it in front of him.
THE MOVE — To make room on the roster for Lonnie Chisenhall, the Tribe optioned Matt Langwell to Triple-A Columbus, leaving the bullpen with seven pitchers, the normal number for most clubs.
Langwell was making his first trip to the majors and pitched in four games, giving up one run and three hits in 4⅓ innings.
ONE MORE SIGNEE — The Tribe signed its 13th-round pick in the draft, catcher Sicnarf Loopstok, 20, out of Western Oklahoma State College. The club has signed 14 draftees.
KUDOS — Ronny Rodriguez is the Tribe’s choice for Minor League Player of the Week.
The 22-year-old Aeros infielder batted .435 (10-for-23) with four doubles, one triple, five RBI and five runs. For the season, Rodriguez is batting .277 with 14 doubles, six triples, four homers and 32 RBI.
FARM FACTS — Toru Murata (0-3, 5.67 ERA) gave up three earned runs (four total) in 6⅓ innings, as Columbus lost 4-0 to Pawtucket. … Short-season Mahoning Valley opened its season with a 5-0 loss to Jamestown, but Luis Lugo gave up just one run and five hits in five innings, walking none.
— Sheldon Ocker