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Indians Fall to Royals in Extras, Fall Out of Third Place Contention


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The Cleveland Indians had more chances than they deserved on Friday night to close the door on an amazing comeback against the Kansas City Royals. The Indians struck early, taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but the Royals plated six in the top of the third and sat on a 6-1 lead that looked comfortable enough to put the game away against the Indians’ struggling offense. The Indians however did not lay down for the Royals, and clawed their way back to tie the game at 6, scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings. Unfortunately for the Tribe though, they could not get the job done when they had runners in scoring position, and let countless opportunities go to waste that would have put the game away.

The Indians had 16 hits in the game against Kansas City’s pitching, but they left a staggering 20 batters on base over the course of 14 innings. The fact that they were able to tie the game up with those kinds of numbers is a miracle in and of itself, and add to that the fact that the Tribe went 3-20 (.150) with runners in scoring position on Saturday night, and one is left scratching their head as to how the Royals didn’t run away with the game when they had a chance. The answer lies within the Tribe’s bullpen, who managed to stop the bleeding that starter Jeanmar Gomez started and combined to pitch 10 scoreless innings and allowed just 2-hits, but it was not enough to help the Indians’ anemic offense, and they lost the game.

In the top of the fourteenth inning with Scott Maine on the mound, Mike Moustakas led the inning off with a walk, and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Maine gave up a two-out single to Tony Abreu, and with that the Royals took the lead 7-6. The Indians responded by loading the bases with nobody out in the bottom half of the inning, and the few fans that remained were poised for a magic moment reminiscent of the great ball clubs of the ‘90s. Instead, they were treated to the reality of the ball club that exists today, and the Indians failed to plate a single runner and were handed their 92 nd loss of the season, and have been eliminated from contention for third place in the division. The Indians will finish in either fourth or last place in the Central division after starting the season in first place and looking destined to clinch a playoff berth.



By Robert Gonzalez
Cleveland Indians Correspondent