Games like this feel like more than just one loss. Yes we still have a two game lead in the division, but the lead could very easily be four. This game was a very frustrating in that we only needed to muster three runs against an average right handed pitcher that we have seen before. Edinson Volquez had a very up and down night, but did not give up a run. He started off the game with two walks, but the Indians could not capitalize. This would be a theme throughout the night. Cleveland had their share of opportunities, but continued to squander them, highlighted by three devastating double plays late in the game.
Carlos Carrasco also had an up and down night. He too allowed his fair share of base runners, and did a good job of minimizing the damage. He only allowed two runs, both scored by the ever-so-dangerous Whit Merrifield. Merrifield roped a ball to lead off the game that Lonnie Chisenhall was fooled by, giving him a triple. He scored on a base knock, and then was responsible for the deciding run in the game with a home run later in the game. Carrasco did well in keeping the ball on the outside corner, but often left the ball up. The Royals game plan appeared to be to use the opposite field, which they did well. Jason Kipnis figured out KC pitching as he had a double that nearly left the yard, followed by a home run later in the game. That was all the Indians would get though.
Tomorrow will be another huge game for the Indians. The key for them will be to manufacture runs. Kauffman is a pitchers park, and the Royals are good defensively. When the Tribe gets players on base, they need put together quality at bats and take what the defense is giving them. Also, defensive mistakes against a team like this will definitely come back to bite us as they are so sound fundamentally.