Kansas City Royals: What we learned in blowout loss to Indians

The Kansas City Royals didn’t put up much of a fight against the Indians on Tuesday night. What did we learn about the boys in blue?

Some games just aren’t meant to be and that was exactly the case for the Kansas City Royals in Tuesday night’s game against the Cleveland Indians, which ended as a 10-1 loss.

Before any of us could really settle in and enjoy the game, it was 3-0 Cleveland just like that, as Matt Harvey was hit hard in this one. He ended up allowing five runs through just 1.1 innings pitched and it’s pretty clear that Harvey isn’t going to be pitching in the Royals rotation much longer (or at least he shouldn’t be).

Other than a nice debut by Carlos Hernandez where he went 3.2 innings in relief and gave up just two hits, the Royals couldn’t turn things around on the mound. Chance Adams and Randy Rosario were both hit hard, giving up a combined five runs.

The Kansas City Royals offense didn’t fare much better, totaling just one run.

The run came from a Hunter Dozier home run in the sixth inning, his fourth of the year. The rest of the offense couldn’t muster up much of anything and Adalberto Mondesi wasn’t even on the field on Tuesday, as he was benched for the first time this season.

Sometimes teams have bad games and that’s simply what this was for the Royals. They haven’t been good this year, but at least they’ve been halfway competitive in a good majority of their games. That was not the case in this one.

Hernandez was a big positive though and looked great in his debut, so if he could provide another option out of the bullpen for this team, they’d really have to like how their reliever situation is playing out.

Next for the Royals, the rubber game of the series on Wednesday. It’d be great if the Royals could get a series victory, especially after their hard fought win on Monday night where they squeaked out a 2-1 win against a great pitching staff.

Jakob Junis will take the mound for the first time since he was placed on the injured list several weeks ago, so hopefully he rebounds and can go deep into the game so that the bullpen gets a night to rest back up.

Thirty-six games down, 24 to go!