And the season of the most frustrating team ever continues. Countless games this year were ones they needed, and should have won, but lost in aggravating fashion. In the second inning Mike Moustakas hit a foul ball near home plate, but Yan Gomes could not find it. I thought to myself that something bad was about to happen because whenever a catchable foul ball is not caught, something good happens for the batter. And sure enough, Moustakas smashed a ball to deep center, which Abraham Almonte also lost. Salvador Perez knocked in Moustakas.
Alex Rios added a home run in the fifth, but other than that, Josh Tomlin was masterful. He finished going the full nine, giving up just those two runs. Tomlin changed speeds exceptionally, and located with ease. This loss was a huge one for the Indians, and one that they needed to have. At best, they will be 4.5 games out of the 2nd wild card spot.
The Indians had a rally going in the ninth with two men on, and none out, and Mike Aviles came up to the plate pinch-hitting. My stomach dropped when I saw Aviles approaching because I knew he was going to bunt. And of course, he did. And of course, it did not workout. This was a terrible decision, no matter who made it. That short-circuited the rally and calmed down the struggling Greg Holland. Decisions like these have left Tribe fans scratching their heads too many times this year.
Kris Medlen was also very solid for the Royals as he stifled the Indians. A big part of his success tonight was the masterful defense behind him. Lindor, Johnson, and Gomes were the only Indians with hits. Tomorrow, Danny Salazar takes on Danny Duffy as the Indians try to take the series lead.