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
J. Bourgeois cf401000003.276
    D. Lough ph100000000.239
T. Abreu ss500000202.276
A. Gordon lf423000100.294
B. Butler 1b422210001.315
S. Perez c412200000.297
J. Francoeur rf400000102.236
M. Moustakas 3b401000001.243
A. Moore dh301100000.333
    B. Pena ph-dh100000001.250
J. Giavotella 2b401000102.229
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).
E – M Moustakas (15, field).
DP – 2 (W Smith-T Abreu-B Butler, J Giavotella-T Abreu-B Butler).
S. Choo rf412201101.282
C. Phelps dh503100003.208
J. Kipnis 2b401301014.257
C. Santana c400001105.258
R. Canzler lf512000002.312
    V. Rottino lf000000000.130
C. Kotchman 1b500000204.231
L. Chisenhall 3b513100101.275
B. Lillibridge ss322000001.194
E. Carrera cf433100002.268
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).
E – C Kotchman (6, field).
PB – C Santana.
 Kansas City
W. Smith (L, 6-9)3.09662201.615.32
E. Teaford3.06220101.404.80
V. Mazzaro1.11001001.726.10
G. Holland0.20000201.342.77
D. Huff (W, 3-0)6.08330511.092.86
C. Allen1.00000001.443.67
S. Maine0.03220002.759.00
J. Smith (H, 21)1.00000001.173.05
C. Perez (S, 39)1.00000001.093.34
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.