Cleveland – 12
Kansas City – 0
Short and Sweet:
It’s safe to say Kansas City came to Cleveland with the sole purpose of gaining ground on the first place Indians. Where the logic was definitely there, the execution was more than lacking, and this was more evident than ever in the first two innings of today’s game.
Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco, who’s been consistent but not himself in the second half of the season, got all the offensive help any pitcher could need. Royals starter Eric Skoglund was not so lucky.
Just to start, Francisco Lindor opened things up with a leadoff walk in the first, followed by a single from Austin Jackson, giving way to an RBI double from Jose Ramirez. Edwin Encarnacion continued the trend, grounding out to score Jackson, and Brandon Guyer did the same, singling to score Ramirez for a 3-run first.
In the second, things really got out of hand, in favor of the Wahoo’s. Catcher Yan Gomes led off the inning with a single, setting up home run number one via Lindor’s bat. Jackson and Encarnacion doubled and walked on, to set up for home run number two, via Carlos Santana. Santana hit the homer off the first pitch from reliever Onelki Garcia, relieving Skoglund after just 1.1 innings pitched. Finally, after a Guyer single, a Yandy Diaz walk and a Bradley Zimmer bloop, the bases were juiced for Gomer, who took it deep to left onto the Home Run Porch for a lead solidifying grand slam, the fifth SG for the Indians this season. All of the above put the Tribe up 12-0 by the end of the second inning.
Kansas City would only manage to get down seven hits, with zero runs in, giving Carrasco his 13th win on the season, and the third consecutive shutout out of the series, ending in a sweep.
This puts Cleveland ahead of the division by seven games, and extends the gap even more between them and the Royals by nine, putting their magic number down to 27 games.
Tribe Top Three:
1. Yan “Gomer” Gomes – C – 59%
Yan Gomes had one amazing second inning, as the team batted around, Gomes went 2 for 2 with a single and a one-out, knock out grand slam putting Cleveland up 12-0 over the Royals. Throughout the game, Yan went 2 for 4 with two hits and four RBI. His batting average might not be there, but he’s definitely showing his worth as a contributing factor to the teams success.
2. Francisco “Mr Smile” Lindor – SS – 21%
Similar to Gomes, Frankie teed off early in the bottom half of the second, hitting his 24th home run of the season to put Cleveland up 5-0. Hew went 2 for 3 with two hits, two runs, two RBI and a walk.
3. Carlos “SLAMTANA” Santana – 1B – 12%
I must sound like a broken record with these three, but as like the other two, Santana blasted off to left field off the off the foul pole, just hooking fair, for a three-run homer putting Cleveland up 8-0. His only hit of the game was the homer, going 1 for 4 with three RBI and a walk.
Opposite of Skoglund, Cleveland pitching did exactly what it was supposed to do through nine innings. What’s most promising, though he did had a hefty lead to work with, was seeing Carlos “Cookie” Carrasco look like himself again on the mound, pitching a shutout through seven innings (before passing it along to the bullpen who did the same). Cookie only let the Royals get the better of him enough for six hits, zero runs, zero walks, and struck out eight. This follows the trend set in the first two games of the series, with Cleveland arms pitching for high strikeouts and no runs given.
Tribe Time Tomorrow:
Tomorrow the Indians head to the Big Apple to start off a 3-game series with the Bronx Bombers at 7:05. Cleveland’s ace Corey Kluber will take the mound in hope of getting his 13th win of the season, against Yankees righty Luis Severino who’s 11-5 on the season.