Indians take pitcher’s duel over Royals

The KC Royals lost to Cleveland, 2-1.

Royals setup man Wade Davis during spring training 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Royals setup man Wade Davis during spring training 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Cleveland broke the 1-1 tie in the top of the eighth against one of only two relievers to have not allowed an earned run this season. That would be the Royals Wade Davis.

Davis has once again been dominant for the second year in a row. However, he proved mortal tonight. The 8th inning all started with a leadoff walk. However, Davis got the speedy Michael Bourn on a force out. Another force out gave Davis two outs and a runner on first base.

Jason Kipnis stole second base and then Davis walked Carlos Santana. Michael Brantley followed with an RBI single to break the tie.

Three Indians relievers retired the Royals in order in the bottom of the eighth (two strikeouts). In the ninth against Indians closer Cody Allen, the Royals went down in order (two more strikeouts). They struck out 13 times.

The Royals had taken a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third on Eric Hosmer‘s two out single. The Indians came right back to tie the game in the top of the fourth on a Brandon Moss home run.

Jeremy Guthrie got the start for the Royals and allowed that one run on two hits and a walk over 5.2 innings. He walked Brantley in the first and Moss’ homer was the Indians first hit of the game. Guthrie then retired six in a row before Santana doubled with two outs in the sixth and Ned Yost came out to take the ball from Guthrie.

Lefty Franklin Morales entered in relief and got Brantley to fly out to end the inning. Kelvin Herrera worked around a Moss leadoff single in the seventh. Luke Hochevar worked around a leadoff double in the ninth.

 

Things are starting to get interesting in the American League Central, as Minnesota continues to lead the division by a 1/2 game over the Royals. Detroit is 3.5 games back (they have lost five games in a row). The Indians are now 5.5 games back and the Chicago White Sox are in last place (seven games back). The Indians were the lone divisional team to win on Tuesday.

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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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