Royals drop finale in Cleveland

The KC Royals dropped their series finale in Cleveland by a 7-5 score. The Royals now return home to face American League Central rival Detroit for four games.

The Royals were hit by a pitch once again (the 20th time this season), but this time, it was scary.

Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar at the plate in Cleveland on July 5, 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar at the plate in Cleveland on July 5, 2014 (Jen Nevius).

In the top of the fifth with two outs and nobody on, Alcides Escobar was hit by a Danny Salazar pitch in the head. He stayed on the ground for a few minutes and was helped to the clubhouse. He was replaced by Christian Colon. Hopefully Esky will be okay.

At that point, the Royals were losing 3-2.

They came back to take a 4-3 lead in the top of the sixth on Eric Hosmer‘s two-run home run (his second of the season). However, the Indians came right back against Yordano Ventura.

Lonnie Chisenhall doubled with one out and came around to score the tying run on Roberto Perez’ double. That was all for Ventura and in came Franklin Morales (who has been pitching a lot lately).

Morales immediately gave up an RBI double to Michael Bourn. After a wild pitch, Jason Kipnis drove in a run with a ground out.

Morales went back out for the seventh, but left with one on and two out. Ryan Madson got the pinch hitter out, but gave up a solo homer in the eighth to Perez.

 

So, Ventura allowed five runs on six hits and four walks over 5.1 innings. He struck out one. On the Indians side, Salazar allowed four runs on six hits over six innings. He struck out seven.

 

On offense, the Royals collected nine hits. Two came from Mike Moustakas. Kendrys Morales drove in two runs in the first on a two out single.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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