Benched in favor of Raul Ibanez, Butler entered the game in the 8th inning with the score tied at 4-4, Salvador Perez at first base, and two-outs. Cleveland manager Terry Francona waited for Butler to be announced before summoning righty John Axford to pitch to the right-handed Butler.
Then Butler launched a 1-0 high fastball high into the left-field seats. Billy’s bomb was estimated at 472 feet—a truly majestic blast from a guy with only 4 home runs this season.
The win puts Kansas City at 4-4 after the All-Star break. The Royals are now back to 2 games over .500 at 52-50. Kansas City pulled within 6 games of Detroit in the American League Central and remain in sole possession of 2nd place.
On the Mound
Francisley Bueno entered the game in the 7th inning, after Ventura started the inning by allowing a runner to reach first on an error, a walk, and then a sacrifice bunt advance the runners to 2nd and 3rd. Bueno managed to get Jason Kipnis to hit a shallow pop-fly to right, but Lorenzo Cain and Omar Infante were confused about who should take the ball, leading Cain to lunge for a late diving catch. The misplay allowed Cleveland catcher Yan Gomes to score from 3rd because Cain’s dive left him in no position to throw home.
Jason Frasor recorded the final out of the 7th.
Kelvin Herrera came on in the 8th to pitch a scoreless inning despite allowing a walk. Herrera earned the win after Billy Butler’s bomb put the Royals up 6-4 in the bottom of the 8th.
Aaron Crow recorded his 2nd save in the 9th, despite allowing a leadoff double to Yan Gomes.
At the Plate
The Royals scored 6 runs on only 10 hits and 1 walk. Kansas City did, however, hit 3 home runs and a triple. Amazing what power can do.
Salvador Perez got the party started with a home run to left in the 2nd inning. Perez went 3-4, with a home run (12), 2 singles, 2 runs scored, and 1 RBI.
Mike Moustakas followed Perez’s bomb with his 13th home run. Moose went 1-4 on the night.
Raul Ibanez drove in Alex Gordon with a triple in the 4th and scored on 2nd baseman Jason Kipnis’ throwing error. Ibanez went 2-2 with a single, triple, 1 walk, 1 run scored and 1 RBI.
Billy Butler finished off he scoring with his pinch-hit home run (4).
This and That
For the 2nd straight night, a Cleveland throwing error allowed a Royals hitter to circle the bases.
Raul Ibanez became the oldest Royal to ever hit a triple with his drive in the 4th inning. Ibanez is 42 years old.
Cleveland tied the game on unusually sloppy defense from the Royals in the 7th. First, Mike Moustakas’ high throw on Yan Gomes’ grounder to 3rd put the leadoff hitter at first. Then, after a walk and sacrifice bunt, Omar Infante and Lorenzo Cain’s confusion about who should take Kipnis’ pop fly allowed Yan Gomes to tag up and score.
KC Kingdom Player of the Game
Our award goes to Billy Butler for his game-changing 2-run homer with a nod to Sal Perez for his 3-hit game. Butler’s blast came from nowhere, and caused the big Kauffman Stadium weekend crowd to erupt in cheers. Butler produced what he’s been missing all year: real power.
- Billy Butler – 3
- Francisley Bueno
- Danny Valencia
- Christian Colon
- Raul Ibanez
- Jarrod Dyson – 2
- Lorenzo Cain – 6
- Johnny Giavotella
- Wade Davis
- Norichika Aoki – 2
- Salvador Perez – 6
- Jeremy Guthrie –
- Jason Vargas – 6
- Alex Gordon – 10
- Bruce Chen7
- James Shields – 8
- Yordano Ventura – 4
- Danny Duffy – 7
- Omar Infante – 4
- Mike Moustakas – 8
- Alcides Escobar – 5
- Eric Hosmer – 12
- Michael Mariot
Carlos Santana kept the Tribe in the game almost by himself. He smacked home runs in the 4th and 6th innings to drive in 3 runs for the Indians. On the day, Santana went 2-3, with 2 home runs (17), 1 walk, 2 runs scored, and 3 RBIs.
The Royals will play their 3rd game of a 4-game set with the Indians on Saturday. Kansas City will send Jeremy Guthrie (5-9, 4.56 ERA) to the mound against Zach McAllister (3-5, 5.28 ERA). Game time is 6:10 PM CST at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
|Jason Kipnis 2B||4||0||0||1||0||1||5||.247||.327||.350||.677|
|Chris Dickerson LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.324||.419||.514||.932|
|Ryan Raburn PH-LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.198||.247||.269||.517|
|Michael Brantley CF||4||1||1||0||0||1||4||.315||.375||.501||.877|
|Carlos Santana 1B||3||2||2||3||1||0||4||.222||.360||.420||.781|
|Lonnie Chisenhall 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.313||.382||.480||.861|
|Nick Swisher DH||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.205||.279||.338||.616|
|Yan Gomes C||4||1||1||0||0||1||4||.273||.318||.457||.775|
|David Murphy RF||4||0||3||0||0||0||4||.249||.310||.363||.672|
|Jose Ramirez SS||2||0||0||0||1||0||4||.143||.167||.171||.338|
2B: Y Gomes (17, off A Crow).
HR: C Santana 2 (17, 2 off Y Ventura, 4th inn, 0 on, 2 outs to Deep CF-RF; 6th inn, 1 on, 1 out to Deep RF).
SF: J Kipnis (2, off F Bueno).
SH: J Ramirez (2, off Y Ventura).
TB: C Santana 8; D Murphy 3; Y Gomes 2; M Brantley.
RBI: C Santana 3 (45); J Kipnis (31).
2-out RBI: C Santana.
Team LOB: 6.
With RISP: 0 for 7.
DP: 1. C Santana-J Ramirez-J Tomlin.
E: J Kipnis (4).
SB: C Santana (3, 2nd base off K Herrera/S Perez).
|Lorenzo Cain RF||4||0||1||0||0||2||4||.294||.331||.409||.740||23||15|
|Omar Infante 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.267||.307||.371||.678||23||13|
|Alex Gordon LF||4||1||1||0||0||0||4||.276||.357||.423||.780||16||10|
|Salvador Perez C||4||2||3||1||0||0||4||.285||.326||.434||.760||12||9|
|Mike Moustakas 3B||4||1||1||1||0||2||4||.200||.264||.400||.664||20||12|
|Raul Ibanez 1B||2||1||2||1||1||0||3||.167||.255||.287||.542||13||7|
|Billy Butler PH||1||1||1||2||0||0||1||.266||.320||.353||.674||2||1|
|Eric Hosmer 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.271||.317||.383||.701|
|Nori Aoki DH||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.258||.327||.315||.643||15||11|
|Alcides Escobar SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||3||.275||.312||.375||.687||8||8|
|Jarrod Dyson CF||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.280||.337||.339||.676||10||6|
B: R Ibanez (3, off J Tomlin).
HR: S Perez (12, off J Tomlin, 2nd inn, 0 on, 0 outs to Deep LF); M Moustakas (13, off J Tomlin, 2nd inn, 0 on, 0 outs to Deep RF); B Butler (4, off J Axford, 8th inn, 1 on, 2 outs to Deep LF).
SH: J Dyson (5, off C Carrasco).
TB: S Perez 6; R Ibanez 4; M Moustakas 4; B Butler 4; A Gordon; L Cain; A Escobar.
GIDP: N Aoki (4).
RBI: B Butler 2 (38); R Ibanez (25); S Perez (38); M Moustakas (40).
2-out RBI: B Butler 2; R Ibanez.
Team LOB: 4.
With RISP: 0 for 3.
E: M Moustakas (8).
|Carlos Carrasco, L (3-4)||1.1||2||1||1||0||0||0||3.62||26||18|
|Francisley Bueno, BS (1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.11||4||3|
|Kelvin Herrera, W (2-2)||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||1.88||17||9|
|Aaron Crow, S (2)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.49||16||11|