Corey Kluber’s very first pitch as a starter for the Cleveland Indians was hit out of the park in Kansas City by Alex Gordon. Yes, the Indians brought in another guy after sending Derek Lowe on his way. Kluber did what all the other Indians pitcher has done much of this season, he got rocked in the first inning giving up 5 runs and putting the Indians offense behind the eight ball so to speak. The Indians offense did what they could to help Kluber, they battled all night and there was a time this season Indians fans were sure the Tribe could come back and win games like this. If your starter goes out and gives up five runs in the first inning, your offense needs to be very productive. That’s not the case for the Indians the second half of this season.
The Tribe did battle back and they got a lift from Carlos Santana who hit a two run shot in the fifth. The Indians almost looked as though they felt sorry for Kluber and would do what ever it took to get this kid out of trouble. Asdrubal Cabrera would make fantastic fielding plays to help end an inning. The Indians would tie the game at six and the game would go to extra innings. It just wasn’t going to happen, the Indians weren’t going to get a win in Kansas City. The Tribe would do much of the same on this road trip, they would lose this game. This time they tried, the team really tried. The team rallied around this Corey Kluber and they showed some pride. They lost the game to the Royals 7-6 in the 11th inning.
Yes, the Indians were swept in K.C.. The Indians fall to 50-55, 7-1/2 games out of first place and five games behind the Tigers for second place in the A.L. Central. The Indians now travel to Detroit to take on the Tigers for a three game set. Can this Indians team beat the Tigers this weekend? Wouldn’t that be something?
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