(Disclaimer: If I missed anything early in tonight’s game that’s of note, and didn’t mention it here, it’s not my fault. My cable company (the same idiot monkeys who own the Blue Jays, by the way) simply assumed the game tonight was banged and wiped out my feed with a game that they had running already on three different channels. So I missed the first three innings before they flipped the switch. As if my night wasn’t already crappy enough waiting out the delay. Anyhoo…)
It now can be noted with certainty: The Mafia has been whacked.
In yet another wacky night of delays (weather-related and electrical this time around), the Indians lost a tough one as Brian Shaw had an appearance that probably left him wondering why he even crawled out of bed.
Starter Scott Kazmir was handed a 3-1 lead headed into the bottom of the sixth thanks to Jason Kipnis’ three-run, inside-the-park homer. Kazmir proceeded to set the table for Shaw’s nightmare by allowing the first two runners of the inning. The Royals found every hole by utilizing an opposite-field approach that had to have new hitting coach George Brett beaming. Throw in a wayward throw to first, and the Royals immediately erased Kipnis’ heroics.
After a brief power-outage, the Indians staged another comeback against former Indian Jeremy Guthrie. Clearly unnerved by the sudden stoppage, he walked both Ryan Raburn and Yan Gomes only to have both Michael Bourn and Asdrubal Cabrera bring them in with a base-hit and a sac-fly respectively.
Akron’s own David Lough now comes into tonight’s story. Lough, having come in as a defensive replacement for Alex Gordon (he suffered a possible concussion and hip contusion while trying to make a miraculous play on Kipnis’ eventual homer), came up with the play of the game as he robbed Kipnis of certain extra bases and at least an RBI. It was the last time the Tribe would threaten on yet another long evening.
Cody Allen would give up a tough-luck-on-a-pretty-good-pitch bomb to straight away center. The Indians find themselves back in second place, but only by half a game. A series win and an excellent road-trip is still theirs for the taking.
Chalk it up as “one of them nights.” For them and me as well!
W: Will Smith (1-1); L: Cody Allen (3-1); S: Greg Holland (18)
Player of the Game: Eric Hosmer