Indians Batter Jeremy Guthrie in Royals Loss


Jul 5, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie (11) reacts after giving up a home run in the third inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Indians battered Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie for 11 hits and 6 earned runs in 4 innings on their way to a 7-3 victory over Kansas City at Jacob Field Saturday night.,

Guthrie’s awful performance was matched by the Royals offense, which somehow managed to plate no more than 3 runs on 12  hits and 3 walks. In particular, they failed to score a run after loading the bases, with no outs, in the 9th inning.

The loss drops the Royals to 45-41. Kansas City lost an opportunity to gain ground on the Tigers, who lost to Tampa Bay. The Royals remain 4 games behind division-leading Detroit in the A.L Central.

On the MoundK

We already know Jeremy Guthrie didn’t have it. He gave up 11 hits, 2 walks and 6 earned runs with 5 strikeouts in 4 innings pitched. He very deservedly earned his 7th loss of the season (5-7).

Francisley Bueno entered in the 5th and did a good job keeping the Royals in the game with 3 innings of scoreless relief.

Casey Coleman allowed 2 hits and 1 earned run in the 8th to give Cleveland an important insurance run in the 9th.

At the Plate

The Royals stranded 8 runners. In general, they managed to score the least amount of runs possible from every opportunity.

Danny Valencia had the best night, going 3-4, with a solo home run (2), 1 run scored, and 1 RBI.

The Royals somehow managed only 3 runs despite 8 of 9 starters getting at least one hit. Even Jarrod Dyson, who went 0-3, managed to reach base with a walk.

Omar Infante and Billy Butler hit in front of Danny Valencia and both went 2-4 with 2 singles. Despite having 2, 2-4 hitters in front of a guy that went 3-4, the Royals could never punch through with a big inning.

This and That

Christian Colon sat Saturday night after his 3-4 start with 3 extra base hits on Friday. The Royals sure could have used some of that on Saturday.

Alcides Escobar got his 21st stolen base, and Lorenzo Cain swiped his 8th, running against former Royals backup catcher George Kottaras.

Lorenzo Cain chased a high fastball out of the zone to strike out with the bases-loaded and no outs in the 9th inning. With the count full at the time, Cain’s poor decision completely turned the momentum in the inning. Before this mistake, the Royals had Indians closer Cody Allen on the ropes. Instead, he ended the threat by getting Eric Hosmer to ground into a double play—earning his 8th save.

KC Kingdom Player of the Game

I guess our award has to go, by default, to 3B Danny Valencia for his 3-4 night with a home run. I was tempted to go with Francisley Bueno for his relief work gave the Royals a chance to come back

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The Indians

Michael Bourn had a great game for the Indians. Not only did he hit a solo home run off Guthrie to begin the scoring for Cleveland, he also drew two walks while going 1-3 on the evening. Bourn also rung up Billy Butler trying to go from 1st to 3rd on Danny Valencia’s single in the 5th.

Cleveland starter T.J. House (1-2) earned his first big league win by going 6.0 innings, allowing 9 hits, 0 walks, 3 earned runs with 3 strikeouts.

Up Next

Kansas City and Cleveland finish their 3-game series on Sunday. The Royals will send Danny Duffy (5-7, 2.60 ERA) to the mound against Corey Kluber (7-6, 2.99 ERA) for the Indians. Game time is 12:05 CST at Jacobs Field in Cleveland.


Lorenzo Cain RF5110015.310.347.437.784
Eric Hosmer 1B5111005.254.299.347.647
Salvador Perez C4010004.289.337.449.785
Alex Gordon LF3010104.263.346.422.769
Omar Infante 2B4021004.256.300.368.668
Billy Butler DH4020014.267.320.343.663
Danny Valencia 3B4131004.310.351.437.788
Alcides Escobar SS4010014.294.333.406.739
Jarrod Dyson CF3000114.291.350.346.696
Team Totals3631232438.333.368.444.813

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2B: L Cain (16, off T House).
HR: D Valencia (2, off T House, 7th inn, 0 on, 0 outs to Deep LF-CF).
TB: D Valencia 6; B Butler 2; O Infante 2; L Cain 2; A Gordon; S Perez; E Hosmer; A Escobar.
GIDP: E Hosmer (11); A Escobar (5).
RBI: E Hosmer (37); O Infante (42); D Valencia (10).
Team LOB: 8.
With RISP: 1 for 11.
Outfield Assists: L Cain (A Cabrera at 3rd base).
SB: L Cain (8, 3rd base off T House/G Kottaras); A Escobar (21, 2nd base off C Allen/G Kottaras).

Michael Bourn CF3211215.267.316.379.695
   Mike Aviles LF0000000.266.286.351.637
Asdrubal Cabrera SS5020005.246.308.394.702
Michael Brantley LF-CF5131005.319.384.511.895
Carlos Santana 1B5120005.209.356.384.740
Jason Kipnis 2B4221004.253.331.362.693
Lonnie Chisenhall 3B3121114.342.400.551.951
Nick Swisher DH4012024.195.284.317.601
David Murphy RF4011004.250.316.373.689
George Kottaras C4000034.286.385.7141.099
Team Totals3771473740.378.425.486.911

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2B: J Kipnis (14, off J Guthrie).
HR: M Bourn (3, off J Guthrie, 3rd inn, 0 on, 0 outs to Deep RF).
TB: M Bourn 4; M Brantley 3; J Kipnis 3; C Santana 2; L Chisenhall 2; A Cabrera 2; D Murphy; N Swisher.
RBI: N Swisher 2 (29); D Murphy (42); L Chisenhall (39); M Brantley (56); J Kipnis (23); M Bourn (21).
2-out RBI: J Kipnis; L Chisenhall.
Team LOB: 9.
With RISP: 4 for 10.
DP: 2. J Kipnis-A Cabrera-C Santana; A Cabrera-J Kipnis-C Santana.
Outfield Assists: M Bourn (B Butler at 3rd base).

Jeremy Guthrie, L (5-7) 4 11662514.029962
Francisley Bueno 3 1000200.712920
Casey Coleman 1 2111002.451810
Team Totals 8 14773717.8814692

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T.J. House, W (1-2) 6.29330314.248764
Bryan Shaw, H (11) 1.11001002.522211
Cody Allen 1 2001102.432213
Team Totals 9 12332413.0013188

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Balks: None.
WP: C Allen (4).
HBP: None.
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: None.