Royals take first game in Cleveland

The KC Royals traveled to Cleveland and beat up on the Indians, wining the series opener, 9-4.

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer at the plate on July 5, 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer at the plate on July 5, 2014 (Jen Nevius).

Eric Hosmer helped the Royals jump all over Indians rookie starter Cody Anderson with a three-run home run in the first. Omar Infante added a solo shot in the second. It was his first of the season.

The ball seemed to be flying out of empty Progressive Field (a 13,611 announced attendance). Carlos Santana homered in the 2nd inning off Edinson Volquez.

Volquez battled into the 7th inning, leaving with two men on base and nobody out. Joe Blanton allowed a three-run home run to Indians rookie shortstop Francisco Lindor.

Blanton pitched the final three innings in earning his second save of the season. The 7th inning was his only blemish.

Was this the final time we see Blanton pitch for the Royals? He is the leading candidate to get the ax when Johnny Cueto is officially added to the roster (Cueto is expected to join the team on Tuesday).

 

Lorenzo Cain picked up another outfield assist, as he threw Jason Kipnis out at the plate in the first.

 

Hosmer continued to stay hot at the plate (he hit .500 last week), as he went 3-for-5 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Kendrys Morales also had three hits and chipped in three RBIs.

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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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