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Indians Beat Royals 7-3


The Cleveland Indians pummeled Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie for eleven hits and six runs in four innings, and held on for a 7-3 victory to even the three-game series between division rivals at one each.

Lorenzo Cain got things started in the right direction with a lead-off double to begin the game. He then stole third, and scored on a ground-out by Eric Hosmer.  But the joy of an early Royals lead would be short-lived.

Guthrie stranded three Indians base runners in the first two innings, but couldn’t wiggle out of trouble in the third. Michael Bourn led off the inning with a solo shot, then two singles sandwiched around a Jason Kipnis double plated two more runs for a 3-1 lead. Guthrie then failed to retire any of the four batters he faced in the fifth inning, and was relieved by Francisly Bueno with the score at 6-1.

The Royals pounded out twelve hits of their own, including a solo home run by third baseman Danny Valencia, but were a dismal one for eleven with Runners in Scoring Position.

The Royals made a bid for an epic comeback, loading the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth, but a Cain strikeout and Hosmer double-play grounder ended the threat.

Of note: Danny Valencia went 3 for 4, raising his batting average to .310. Francisely Bueno pitched well (two strikeouts, one hit, and no runs in three innings) and lowered his ERA to 0.71.

The series will be decided in Sunday afternoon’s game. The Royals will send Danny Duffy to the mound, while Cleveland will counter with Corey Kluber. Should be a good one.

Tags: Danny Valencia Jeremy Guthrie KC Royals

  • Stan Colbert

    Let me say the game Friday was terrific! I probably wouldn’t use that batting order, but, if the weak ones chip in our doesn’t matter. By the way, a lot of people think people should move up the order or down. To me I would just accept putting Butler, Hosmer,Moose together! I don’t care where! I would rather not 1-2-3, but I would even accept that! The game tonight should have been forfeited, save embarrassment. The batters appeared to be using their bats as fly swatters!

    • cardsfanatik

      This is why we should have traded Butler in ’12 at his absolute max value, and stole a bunch of talent from a team. I’m all for keeping guys that produce terrific, and holding onto prospects, but the fact of the matter is, teams like the Kansas City Royal’s can’t OVERVALUE what they have. They can’t afford to make that mistake. Its to the point this season that, this team needs offense. And guess what, they AREN’T getting it from the ONE GUY that’s paid for offense. They aren’t getting it from Hosmer, they aren’t getting it from Moustakas. You can’t win games with 1/3 of your lineup hitting like a bunch of school girls. Its time for Dayton to make a move. I’m to the point I don’t give a shit what it is. I don’t care if they go get a Mark Reynolds. He will strike out 50% of the time, and hit a HR 50% of the time. That would STILL produce more runs than the occasional single from Moustakas or Hosmer. And be a hell of a lot better than what I have seen from Butler this year. I’m of the opinion that the tactic of scoring all their runs with singles and doubles, isn’t going to work. They have been trying teams with a bunch of punch and judy’s and its not working. If you don’t have a Tony Gwynn to hit .350 and drive in everyone thats on all the time, your not going to manufacture runs with a shit ton of low OBP guys. You have to have power, OR OBP. You can’t have neither. Now people bitch about my philosophy on this, but you imagine a guy like Jose Bautista in the middle of this order rather than Butler or Hosmer. Or an Edwin Encarnacion rather than a Moustakas. Now what is KC”s record? Put a Stanton in RF rather than this platoon shit they have going on. Now what does your offense look like? People that say, and he’ll get on here and say it, I’m sure, that ONE hitter won’t change the dynamic of this team, is full of shit. If you substituted someone for Butler that would hit HR’s and drive in the runners that are on base, you win more games. If you substitute the “league average” first baseman for Hosmer, you still get more production than your getting from him. Dayton better shit or get off the pot. Win or leave town. He better do it this year, because next year, the 8 year rebuild starts over. Glass will once again close the purse, and why shouldn’t he? Dayton can’t deliver when he’s given the money. If Dayton was on my payroll, last year would have been his last, and probably 3 years earlier than that. I run a business, and I don’t throw money at shit thats not working, I can’t really blame Glass either. But its Dayton’s job to field the team, and so far, he hasn’t done it.
      Now before anyone gets on here and berates me for this comment, go look at the league average third baseman, and first baseman, and any other hitter to replace Butler with, and tell me you couldn’t make an upgrade somewhere. They say that those hitters aren’t out there. Well, I say they are. You just have to know where to look. Arizona has Trumbo, and he would be a refreshing change to Butler. He doesn’t hit for average, but he sure as hell wouldn’t have to worry about “The spacious Kauffman Stadium”, he could hit it out of Yellowstone. Philadelphia has Byrd, he would be much better than Aoki in RF. They also have Brown, who would be a project, but has a ton of power, but you have 2 of those guys disappointing day in and day out, so that might not make sense either. I don’t know what the answer is, but then again, I don’t get paid what Dayton does either. But I do know that if my job was getting paid to win baseball games, I wouldn’t trot out the same bunch of stuff that is inconsistent and not working. Yep, they are in second place. So at the end of the year they can say “We were the first losers” But thats about all. Its time for not just a “Post Season appearance” but a World Series in Kansas City. Win or lose, but get there. And really all they need is a new DH, and new first baseman or third baseman. Its sad that our 2 biggest hopes since Greinke suck as bad as they do at times. Now, say whatever you want about what I have just said, but your 3 MAIN guys that are supposed to supply the power, and drive in the runs, are not hitting league average. And they say we can go to the post season. Replace any one of those guys with someone that can drive in runs, and your win total goes up. Its not rocket science.

      • Stan Colbert

        Wow! I thought my post was long! I think the Royals have played every team well, but Seattle, Houston and maybe Cleveland. C has played teams leading divisions and probably playoff contenders. KC needs to think of themselves as one of them. To me expectations needs to be the key word replacing patience. Detroit, in my opinion, has improved as season progressed KC has not. This was supposed to be the year KC should be in the playoffs and I believe that has been a reasonable goal. When teams don’t meet expectations change takes place. Get ‘wr done! I say!