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Box Score: Indians 8, Royals 5

Sandy Alomar Jr. is off on the right foot. The interim manager won game one at the helm of the Tribe behind a solid pitching performance from David Huff, 16 hits from the offense, and Chris Perez’s 39th save as the Indians took game one of the series with KC 8-5 at Progressive Field. Cord Phelps, Lonnie Chisenhall, and Ezequiel Carrera  each had three hits in the game, while Jason Kipnis drove in three runs. The Indians have now won three in a row for the first time since early July and their record stands at 66-91. Tomorrow night, it’s Jeanmar Gomez for Cleveland against Jake Odorizzi for Kansas City.

Scoring Summary
Top 2nd: Kansas City
– A. Moore doubled to deep left, S. Perez scored, M. Moustakas to third
Bot 2nd: Cleveland
– E. Carrera singled to shallow center, L. Chisenhall scored, B. Lillibridge to second
– S. Choo doubled to deep left, B. Lillibridge scored, E. Carrera to third
– C. Phelps singled to shallow left, E. Carrera scored, S. Choo to third
Bot 3rd: Cleveland
– L. Chisenhall doubled to center, R. Canzler scored
Bot 4th: Cleveland
– S. Choo doubled to deep center, E. Carrera scored
– J. Kipnis grounded into fielder’s choice, S. Choo scored, C. Phelps out at second
Bot 5th: Cleveland
– J. Kipnis singled to shallow left center, B. Lillibridge and E. Carrera scored, S. Choo to second
Top 6th: Kansas City
– B. Butler homered to deep left, A. Gordon scored
Top 8th: Kansas City
– S. Perez singled to shallow left, A. Gordon and B. Butler scored
 Kansas City
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
J. Bourgeois cf 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .276
    D. Lough ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .239
T. Abreu ss 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 .276
A. Gordon lf 4 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .294
B. Butler 1b 4 2 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 .315
S. Perez c 4 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 .297
J. Francoeur rf 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .236
M. Moustakas 3b 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .243
A. Moore dh 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333
    B. Pena ph-dh 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .250
J. Giavotella 2b 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .229
 Totals 38 5 11 5 1 0 5 0 12
 Batting
2B – B Butler (31, S Maine); A Moore (1, D Huff).
HR – B Butler (29, 6th inning off D Huff 1 on, 0 Out).
RBI – B Butler 2 (106), S Perez 2 (38), A Moore (2).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – J Bourgeois 2, B Pena 1.
Team LOB – 6.
 Base Running
CS – J Bourgeois (4, 2nd base by D Huff/C Santana).
 Fielding
E – M Moustakas (15, field).
DP – 2 (W Smith-T Abreu-B Butler, J Giavotella-T Abreu-B Butler).
 Cleveland
AB R H RBI HR BB K SB LOB Season Avg
S. Choo rf 4 1 2 2 0 1 1 0 1 .282
C. Phelps dh 5 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 .208
J. Kipnis 2b 4 0 1 3 0 1 0 1 4 .257
C. Santana c 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 5 .258
R. Canzler lf 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 .312
    V. Rottino lf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .130
C. Kotchman 1b 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 .231
L. Chisenhall 3b 5 1 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 .275
B. Lillibridge ss 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .194
E. Carrera cf 4 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 .268
 Totals 39 8 16 8 0 3 5 1 23
 Batting
2B – S Choo 2 (42, W Smith 2); L Chisenhall (4, W Smith).
RBI – S Choo 2 (62), C Phelps (4), J Kipnis 3 (75), L Chisenhall (15), E Carrera (11).
2-out RBI – J Kipnis 2, L Chisenhall.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – C Santana 1, R Canzler 1, C Kotchman 1, B Lillibridge 1, E Carrera 1.
GIDP – J Kipnis, C Santana.
Team LOB – 11.
 Base Running
SB – J Kipnis (31, 2nd base off W Smith/S Perez).
 Fielding
E – C Kotchman (6, field).
PB – C Santana.
 Kansas City
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
W. Smith (L, 6-9) 3.0 9 6 6 2 2 0 1.61 5.32
E. Teaford 3.0 6 2 2 0 1 0 1.40 4.80
V. Mazzaro 1.1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1.72 6.10
G. Holland 0.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.34 2.77
 Cleveland
IP H R ER BB K HR WHIP Season ERA
D. Huff (W, 3-0) 6.0 8 3 3 0 5 1 1.09 2.86
C. Allen 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.44 3.67
S. Maine 0.0 3 2 2 0 0 0 2.75 9.00
J. Smith (H, 21) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.17 3.05
C. Perez (S, 39) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.09 3.34
HBP – B Lillibridge (by E Teaford).
Pitches-strikes – W Smith 69-41; E Teaford 54-38; V Mazzaro 21-14; G Holland 9-7; D Huff 89-67; C Allen 15-9; S Maine 16-12; J Smith 19-11; C Perez 13-9.
Ground balls-fly balls – W Smith 4-5; E Teaford 7-3; V Mazzaro 3-0; G Holland 0-0; D Huff 5-11; C Allen 2-2; S Maine 0-1; J Smith 1-2; C Perez 1-2.
Batters faced – W Smith 19; E Teaford 17; V Mazzaro 5; G Holland 2; D Huff 25; C Allen 4; S Maine 3; J Smith 3; C Perez 3.
Game Details
Umpires: HP–Marvin Hudson. 1B–Toby Basner. 2B–John Tumpane. 3B–Tim McClelland.
Weather: 62 degrees, clear.
Wind: 5 mph, in from center.

  • Withdrewcash

    It seems as though huff has shown signs over the years as having good stuff. What’s the story? Why can’t he get a shot on this team?

  • LaundroMat

    He was in Acta’s doghouse for Twitter misbehavior, for one. But more importantly, in addition to his signs of having good stuff, he’s shown direct evidence of his not having it.

  • Withdrewcash

    Thanks. And admittedly I agree but is it so direct that this team shouldn’t have tried? The projects should have gotten a shot in August as soon as we all knew where the season was going.