The Kansas City Royals had a national television audience, a sold-out crowd, Danny Duffy (GNAR!) on the mound and the hitters took all that electricity and......*fart noise*.
The Royals offense managed just one run on five hits over the first seven frames against
future Hall of Famer Indians sixth starter T.J. House. They did jump early on the lefty, delighting the sold out crowd by scoring a run in the first. Nori Aoki started with a bloop-single to left. Omar Infante immediately followed with a single to right-center, moving Aoki to third. Alex Gordon made the productive-out race-car take a pit-stop in sacrifice-fly-ville, to give the Royals a 1-0 lead. After Billy Butler was struck by a pitch (because he's too fat to get out of the way, you see), the Royals puttered out of the rally with a double play by Salvador Perez.
Royals starter Danny Duffy was shaky in the third, walking a pair of weak hitters in Roberto Perez and Jose Ramirez, before giving up an RBI double to Michael Brantley. The defense was able to bail him out a few times in the early frames, by putting on a defensive clinic in the outfield. Alex Gordon went back to catch two long fly balls and Lorenzo Cain made a pair of diving plays to save two hits.
Duffy's poor defense would lead to a run in the fourth. After Yan Gomes singled, Duffy inexplicably tried a quick pickoff, only to throw the ball several feet over Billy Butler's head. Gomes would end up at third, and would go on to score on a Mike Aviles sacrifice fly.
Duffy would settle down and turn in a very nice outing, going 6 2/3 innings with just five hits allowed, and two runs (one unearned). He would strikeout six and walk three before handing the ball over to Kelvin Herrera.
The 2-1 Indians lead held up until the ninth, when Cleveland brought in closer Cody Allen. Alex Gordon unleashed a mammoth shot into the water spectacular.
Alex Gordon's HR was the 2nd-longest in KC this season, trailing only a 489-foot HR by Mike Trout pic.twitter.com/Zr8wno9IZp— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) September 1, 2014
The Royals were unable to do anything else offensively in the frame, however. In the tenth, manager Ned Yost brought in closer Greg Holland in a 2-2 tie. Holland recorded the first two outs easy enough, but a weak ground ball hit by Jason Kipnis was bobbled by Billy Butler to extend the inning. Yan Gomes followed with a single, and pinch-hitter Lonnie Chisenall would bring them both home on a double off the top of the right-field wall. Holland was able to end the threat, but the damage was done.
Then.....the rains came. All of the wrappers in the stadium flew up into the sky as if they were sucked by a vortex of Ned's nervous energy. And it poured. Oh how it poured!
Major League Baseball ended up declaring the game suspended (because Cleveland took the lead in the tenth, and the Royals are entitled to their at-bats), to be made up on September 22 in Cleveland with the Indians leading 4-2 in the bottom of the tenth. If you're wondering, "how can they do this?", its Major League Baseball, and they make up the rules as they go along.