The Cleveland Indians went into the 6th inning in Kansas City leading the Royals 5-0 in the last game of a 3 game series. Ubaldo Jimenez was on the mound and was quickly approaching 100 pitches. He had trouble finding the strike zone in the 6th and issued a couple of walks then the error on a bad transfer that Reynolds tried to give Jimenez as he was covering first base.
The next things we knew the Tribe had the bases loaded with no outs. It was a typical Jimenez performance when things go wrong for the big man. Next thing he did was to issue a grand slam home run to the Royals right fielder Lorenzo Cain and the Royals were only trailing by one run.
Terry Francona made the call to the bull-pen and brought in Cody Allen who issued a home run of his own to Royals catcher George Kottaras. It was gone in a matter of minutes. The Indians watched as a 5 run lead disappeared with 2 pitches.
The Tribe would try to battle back, they scored 2 more runs in the 7th to regain the lead but that would be short-lived. The Indians bull-pen couldn’t stop the Royals from hitting and scoring and the Royals came right back in the 7th to score 2 more runs of their own in the 7th to tie the game at 7.
The real disappointment came for the Indians in the 8th inning when tribe relievers Shaw and Hill let the Royals combined for 3 more runs and that was it, you just knew the Indians weren’t going to win this game and they would drop the series to a team they should have been able to beat.
The Tribe will make the trip back to Cleveland to take on the Detroit Tigers in a 4 game series. The Indians are now 1-1/2 games back in the A.L. Central and have a chance to win a series to get back into first place. AS long as they don’t have to rely on their bull-pen to come in to save the day.
You have to win games when you have a 5 run lead going into the 6th inning. There is no excuse when you can’t. Especially against the Kansas City Royals.
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