The Cleveland Indians broke the Kansas City Royals’ 5-game winning streak by slamming 4 home runs against Bruce Chen and Aaron Crow on their way to a 10-3 victory Sunday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
The Royals fell back to 2 games over .500 at 53-51, but remain 5 games behind Detroit in the American League Central. Kansas City is not 1.5 games ahead of Cleveland in 2nd place.
On the Mound
Bruce Chen sailed through the first 3 innings without allowing a run, but then he gave up 1, 4, and 1 run. Overall, Chen went 5.0 innings, giving up 8 hits, 2 walks, and 6 earned runs with 1 strikeout. Chen took the loss (2-3).
Francisley Bueno allowed 4 hits in the 7th, with 1 earned run.
Aaron Crow imploded to allowed 3 hits, 2 home runs and 3 earned runs in the 9th.
At the Plate
The Royals staked Bruce Chen to a quick 2-0 lead with single runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings. Chen, however, could not make the lead stand up. Overall, KC hitters produced 8 hits, but drew 0 walks, and scored 3 runs.
Billy Butler continued to smoke the ball, going 3-4, with 2 singles, a double, 1 run scored, and 1 RBI.
The only other Royal with more than 1 hit was Nori Aoki, who hit leadoff. Aoki was 2-4, with the team’s other extra-base hit with a double, a single, and 1 run scored.
This and That
Kansas City’s home record dipped below .500 once more at 25-26 with the loss.
1B Carlos Santana hit 5 home runs in the series against KC with 2 more bombs Sunday afternoon. Santana was a nightmare for Royals pitchers in the series. I can’t fathom why Ned Yost allowed his pitchers to give Santana anything to hit after watching hiim clobber the ball the first three games.
Bruce Chen picked former Royal Mike Aviles off 1st base to end the 3rd inning. The pickoff was Chen’s 45th of his career, which ranks 3rd among all active pitchers.
KC Kingdom Player of the Game
For the 3rd game in a row, I’m going with the red-hot Billy Butler. While he hasn’t shown the power of Carlos Santana, playing in the field has seemed to reawaken Billy’s bat. Maybe Nedster needs to give Billy a little more glove time—even through Hosmer is a gold-glove defender at 1st.
- Billy Butler – 5
- Francisley Bueno
- Danny Valencia
- Christian ColFon
- 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 Mariott
Carlos Santana went 3-3, with two home runs (20), a single, 1 walk, 1 HBP, 2 runs scored, with 4 RBI’s. Overall, Santana reached base 5 times on Sunday without making an out.
The Royals enjoy and off-day on Monday, before taking on the Twins on Tuesday in KC. The Royals will send James Shields (9-5, 3.58 ERA) to the mound against Kyle Gibson (8-8, 4.19 ERA) for Minnesota. Game time is 7:10 PM CST at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
|Jose Ramirez 2B||5||1||1||0||0||1||5||.182||.217||.205||.422||32||24|
|Asdrubal Cabrera SS||5||2||2||1||0||1||5||.249||.309||.392||.701||20||15|
|Michael Brantley CF||4||2||2||1||0||0||5||.318||.376||.505||.881||19||10|
|Carlos Santana 1B||3||2||3||4||1||0||5||.232||.371||.456||.827||14||8|
|Yan Gomes DH||5||1||3||2||0||0||5||.281||.324||.469||.793||16||10|
|Nick Swisher RF||4||0||1||1||0||0||4||.203||.275||.332||.608||14||7|
|David Murphy PR-RF||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||.250||.314||.363||.676||5||1|
|Ryan Raburn LF||3||1||1||1||0||0||3||.200||.249||.288||.537||13||8|
|Chris Dickerson LF||2||0||1||0||0||0||2||.295||.380||.455||.835||5||3|
|Roberto Perez C||5||1||1||0||0||1||5||.278||.316||.500||.816||30||18|
|Mike Aviles 3B||1||0||0||0||1||0||4||.260||.285||.341||.626||9||4|
2B: M Brantley (27, off A Crow).
HR: C Santana 2 (20, 1 off B Chen, 5th inn, 1 on, 2 outs to Deep RF Line, 1 off A Crow, 9th inn, 1 on, 0 outs to Deep RF); R Raburn (3, off B Chen, 6th inn, 0 on, 0 outs to Deep CF); Y Gomes (14, off A Crow, 9th inn, 0 on, 0 outs to Deep LF-CF).
SF: M Brantley (4, off B Chen).
SH: M Aviles (7, off B Chen).
HBP: C Santana (3, by B Chen); M Aviles (1, by J Frasor).
TB: C Santana 9; Y Gomes 6; R Raburn 4; M Brantley 3; A Cabrera 2; N Swisher; J Ramirez; R Perez; C Dickerson.
GIDP: C Dickerson (1); Y Gomes (9).
RBI: C Santana 4 (50); Y Gomes 2 (42); A Cabrera (40); R Raburn (19); N Swisher (41); M Brantley (65).
2-out RBI: C Santana 2; N Swisher.
Team LOB: 7.
With RISP: 5 for 11.
SB: M Aviles (10, 2nd base off J Frasor/B Hayes).
CS: M Aviles (4, 2nd base by B Chen POCS).
|Nori Aoki RF||4||1||2||0||0||1||4||.265||.331||.330||.661||22||16|
|Omar Infante 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.262||.303||.363||.666||12||9|
|Alex Gordon LF||3||1||1||1||0||1||4||.273||.353||.417||.770||15||10|
|Salvador Perez DH||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.281||.322||.427||.749||14||10|
|Mike Moustakas 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.195||.260||.390||.650||8||7|
|Billy Butler 1B||4||1||3||1||0||0||4||.273||.326||.370||.696||16||12|
|Brett Hayes C||4||0||1||0||0||1||4||.135||.151||.212||.362||14||10|
|Jarrod Dyson CF||3||0||1||1||0||0||3||.274||.330||.331||.661||16||10|
|Danny Valencia PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.282||.328||.382||.710||4||3|
|Alcides Escobar SS||3||0||0||0||0||2||3||.276||.312||.374||.686||19||13|
2B: N Aoki (14, off D Salazar); B Butler (21, off D Salazar).
SF: A Gordon (3, off D Salazar).
TB: B Butler 4; N Aoki 3; A Gordon; B Hayes; J Dyson.
RBI: A Gordon (46); J Dyson (14); B Butler (41).
2-out RBI: B Butler; J Dyson.
Team LOB: 5.
With RISP: 1 for 4.
DP: 2. A Escobar-O Infante-B Butler; O Infante-A Escobar-B Butler.
|Danny Salazar, W (3-4)||7||7||3||3||0||7||0||4.96||28||112||77|
|Bruce Chen, L (2-3)||5||8||6||6||2||1||2||6.42||25||106||65|
HBP: B Chen (1; C Santana); J Frasor (2; M Aviles).
Pickoffs: B Chen (1; M Aviles, 2nd base (CS)).