There are some home runs that have to be seen to be believed. Well, in the KC Royals 11-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians, Kendrys Morales hit a bomb that took out Fox Sports Kansas City for a couple of minutes.
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The Royals took an early lead in the top of the second, as Alex Gordon led off the inning with a blast to deep right that landed somewhere in Dayton. However, as he is wont to do, Jeremy Guthrie gave those runs right back. A pair of singles put runners on first and second with one out, and after a soft line drive for the second out, the runners moved up on a wild pitch. Michael Bourn followed with a base hit, giving Cleveland the lead.
KC used a bit of two out magic of their own in the top of the fourth. With runners on first and second, Omar Infante singled to center to tie the game. Gordon found himself in a run down as Bourn made a perfect throw to the cutoff man, allowing Morales to tie the game before being tagged out.
Once again, the Royals used some two out magic to take the lead back. Morales doubled to deep in right, then came around to score on a base hit by Gordon. With the KC Royals holding the lead heading to the bottom of the sixth, it seemed like the perfect time to go to the bullpen, as Guthrie had not exactly been fooling in the Indians. However, he came out to start the sixth, and allowed a base hit and a walk before being pulled.
In came Brandon Finnegan, and unfortunately, he was unable to replicate that 2014 magic. After a passed ball, Brandon Moss hit Finnegan’s third pitch into deep right for a three run home run, giving the Indians the 5-3 lead. The Tribe had a chance to add on to the advantage, loading the bases with two outs, but Finnegan got Jose Ramirez to ground out to end the threat.
The KC Royals quickly jumped on the Indians bullpen. A base hit and a double put runners on second and third to lead off the inning. After a ground ball to the mound for the first out, Alcides Escobar doubled to right, tying the game at five apiece. Mike Moustakas followed by hitting a high chopper off of the front of home plate for an infield single as the pitcher missed the base for the force. Escobar scored from second, kicking the ball out of former Royal Brett Hayes‘ glove as he slid into home. After an intentional walk and a ground out, Morales came to the plate and unloaded, belting a three run home run that knocked FSKC out for a couple of minutes and gave the Royals a 9-5 lead.
A pair of two out singles in the top of the ninth tacked on the final margin as the KC Royals defeated the Cleveland Indians 11-5. Finnegan picked up the win despite a shaky inning of work. Three different Royals each had three hits, and four others chipped in two hits apiece as the offense bludgeoned the Indians bullpen.