Having the Tuesday recap, I usually get the second game of a series. This has resulted in me saying more than a few times “another series, another loss.” Well... another series, another loss. After falling 9-3 in last night’s contest, the Royals gave us slightly more excitement in this one, but the Indians ended up prevailing in the final result, securing a series win.
It looked like Duffy was in for a rough one, as his struggles against the Indians continued in the first inning, letting the first three batters reach, subsequently allowing an RBI single and an RBI sac fly. It looked like another quiet loss for these helpless Royals.
But hey! In a surprising development, some good stuff happened right away! With one on and two outs in the first, Lucas Duda blasted a two-run home run off of Indians starter Shane Bieber, knotting the game up at two.
The Royals would continue stringing hits together into the second inning, getting a two out RBI single from Whit Merrifield to give themselves the lead, and Rosell Herrera adding on another run with a two out double.
Duffy actually started to cruise in this one, but then the sixth inning happened. In a second, Duffy had loaded the bases with no outs. He left a pitch over the plate to the next batter, Yan Gomes, and the ball was hit over the left field fence, giving the Indians their two-run lead back.
Kevin McCarthy, Brandon Maurer, and Wily Peralta kept the game interesting, each tossing scoreless innings of their own. The Royals would have their chances in innings eight and nine, but a base running TOOTBLAN, Rosell Herrera strikeout, and Salvador Perez fly out would prevent any further run scoring, giving Indians closer Cody Allen the four-out save.
The Indians will go for the sweep on a July 4th contest tomorrow. The Royals will send TBD to the mound. The Indians will send out Trevor Bauer.