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Indians Offense Explodes to Beat Royals 8-5 in Alomar’s First Game as Skipper

 

 

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The Cleveland Indians did something on Friday night that they have not done in nearly three months, they scored runs. They scored a lot of runs in fact, and piled on 16 hits against Kansas City as they defeated the Royals 8-5 in Sandy Alomar Jr.’s first game at the helm of the ball club. The Indians rode a strong start by David Huff who allowed 3 runs on 8 hits and struck out 5 in 6 innings of work. Huff is now 3-0 since being called up and is beginning to make a case for himself to be included in discussions for next year’s rotation.

Huff has been trying to break through with the Tribe for several seasons now, but he has never performed at the big league level the same way he has in the minors. Friday night’s game showed a different pitcher though, Huff was confident and the Indians responded by showing confidence at the plate. Designated hitter Cord Phelps, third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall and centerfielder Ezequiel Carrera all had three hits a-piece, and Russ Canzler, Shin-Soo Choo and Brent Lillibridge each had two. The Indians got to Royals’ starter Will Smith early, and sent the lefty to the showers in just over three innings, his shortest outing of his rookie season. Smith allowed 6 runs on 9 hits and walked 2 batters, leaving his ball club in a 6-1 hole by the time he exited the game. By the fifth inning, the Royals were down 8-1 and the game looked as it would be a washout for the club, but the Royals were not going to go down quietly.

In the sixth inning, Huff gave up a homer to Billy Butler which also scored Alex Gordon to make it an 8-3 game, and in the top of the 8 th inning, reliever Scott Maine allowed a single to Gordon and a double to Butler which set the table for a 2-run line-drive single by Salvador Perez to make it an 8-5 game. The Indians responded by giving the ball to Joe Smith, who managed to work his way out of the jam and retired three straight batters to keep the game in the Tribe’s favor. Chris Perez came on to pitch the ninth to earn his career-high 39 th save of the season, and the Indians walked away with their third win in a row.

The Tribe continues their final home stand against the Royals on Saturday with Jeanmar Gomez making his final start of the year for the Tribe against Jake Odorizzi, the Royals’ top pitching prospect. The Indians hope to get a solid outing from Gomez who is also a strong candidate for a rotation spot next season, and the Royals will look for Odorizzi to bounce back from his rough outing last Sunday in Kansas City which resulted in a 15-4 loss to the Indians. The Tribe will play one more game with Kansas City on Sunday before wrapping up the 2012 campaign with a three-game series against the White Sox which will see the Indians try to keep their rivals from making the postseason.

 

 

By Robert Gonzalez
Cleveland Indians Correspondent

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