Bruce Chen and Aaron Crow get Bombed in Loss


Jul 27, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals pitching coach Dave Eiland (58) talks with pitcher Bruce Chen (52) against the Cleveland Indians during the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Bruce Chen gave up 2 of the bombs, with the other 2 coming off reliever Aaron Crow.

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).

Chen pitched to 1 batter in the 6th, giving up a 425-ft moon shot to Yan Gomes. Jason Frasor then entered the game and pitched a clean 6th, with 2 strikeouts.

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.

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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.

Up Next

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 2B5110015.
Asdrubal Cabrera SS5221015.249.309.392.7012015
Michael Brantley CF4221005.318.376.505.8811910
Carlos Santana 1B3234105.232.371.456.827148
Yan Gomes DH5132005.281.324.469.7931610
Nick Swisher RF4011004.203.275.332.608147
   David Murphy PR-RF0000101.250.314.363.67651
Ryan Raburn LF3111003.
   Chris Dickerson LF2010002.295.380.455.83553
Roberto Perez C5110015.278.316.500.8163018
Mike Aviles 3B1000104.260.285.341.62694
Team Totals371015103344.405.465.7571.222177108

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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 RF4120014.265.331.330.6612216
Omar Infante 2B4000014.262.303.363.666129
Alex Gordon LF3111014.273.353.417.7701510
Salvador Perez DH4000004.281.322.427.7491410
Mike Moustakas 3B4000014.195.260.390.65087
Billy Butler 1B4131004.273.326.370.6961612
Brett Hayes C4010014.
Jarrod Dyson CF3011003.274.330.331.6611610
   Danny Valencia PH1000001.282.328.382.71043
Alcides Escobar SS3000023.276.312.374.6861913
Team Totals343830735.

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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 7330704.962811277
Bryan Shaw 1 0000002.6131411
Kyle Crockett 1 1000001.6241412
Team Totals 9 8330703.0035140100

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Bruce Chen, L (2-3) 5 8662126.422510665
Jason Frasor 1 0000203.0942114
Francisley Bueno 1 4110002.4261811
Scott Downs 1 0000005.233128
Aaron Crow 1 3331023.0562010
Team Totals 9 15101033410.0044177108

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Balks: None.
WP: None.
HBP: B Chen (1; C Santana); J Frasor (2; M Aviles).
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: B Chen (1; M Aviles, 2nd base (CS)).