The Indians, a baseball club based out of Cleveland Ohio, defeated the Royals by a score of 7-1. Many of those runs came by the way of the Indians hitters hitting the ball far enough to be classified technically as a home run. Away homers aren't a new thing for KC. The Royals pitching staff has allowed 21 home runs at home. Including tonight's game they have now allowed 37 home runs away, which would put them tied for 5th most in the majors.
The night for the Royals started off on shaky ground early on. KC would get a hit in both the first and the second inning but neither runner really came close to scoring. Then in the bottom of the second Kennedy ran into trouble:
Lonnie Chisenhall singled, Jose Ramirez singled, Tyler Naquin walked and then Chris Gimenez brought home Chisenhall with a sacrifice fly before Kennedy pitched his way out of bases loaded one down with a flyout of Carlos Santana.
Down 1-0 fresh faced Reymond Fuentes singled to lead off the top of the third. Whether prompted or not by Ned Yost, Alcides Escobar bunted Fuentes over to second but the Royals couldn't bring him home.
From that inning on the game somewhat cruised along as neither pitcher (Josh Tomlin opposing Kennedy) really got themselves into much trouble until the bottom of the sixth. Mike Napoli homered with one out to put Cleveland up 2-0. The damage looked to have been done as Kennedy got Jose Ramirez to pop out quietly for the 2nd out. In full on Royals #DevilMagic mode the Indians got a single Rajai Davis and then a home run by Tyler Naquin to put them up 4-0. Kennedy got the final out of the inning but his night would be over.
With 10 home runs allowed now on the year, Kennedy is tied for 6th most in the majors. His game score went from 62 entering the 6th to 37 after leaving it.
The Royals would get on the board after a Kendrys Morales double down the third baseline, a Paulo Orlando single, and Rey Fuentes pop fly he lofted over the third baseman's head, landing just inches in fair territory.
The true death knell though would come the next half inning when after a Jason Kipnis single Francisco Lindor hit a 360 foot home run to put the Indians up 7-1.
Without a baserunner in the 8th and 9th, the Royals night had ended and with it their possession of first place.
Ian Kennedy gets the nod for the worst player of the game. Eric Hosmer was the worst hitter of the game, while Rey Fuentes wins hitter of the game.
The Royals have now lost three straight games, something they haven't done since May 8-10th when they lost one game to Cleveland then two to the Yankees.
Tomorrow the Royals look to avoid a sweep as Chris Young faces Corey Kluber.