I’m not going to spend too much time on this one. The Royals got beat up on by the Indians on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. The final score was 10-1.
Matt Harvey was a disaster. In his first two starts as a Royal, he imploded in the third inning, dooming his outings after promising starts. On Tuesday night, though, the melt down was in full force before Harvey’s team had a chance to hit.
Francisco Lindor, Franmil Reyes, and Roberto Perez all hit home runs against Harvey, who gave up three homers while getting a total of four outs. Harvey’s ERA ballooned to a whopping 15.43 after surrendering five runs in 1.1 innings. Later on, Chance Adams and Randy Rosario pulled off an ode to Harvey by being lousy themselves, and the Indians ran away with the evening.
Harvey’s season with Kansas City: 20 outs, 12 runs allowed. Yikes.
Indians starter Zach Plesac continued to be one of baseball’s best pitchers, as he held the Royals to one run in six innings. His ERA is 1.33. Cleveland is trading away Mike Clevinger with a shrug because starting pitchers grow on trees up there; meanwhile Dayton Moore is having to throw Matt Harvey out there because his crown jewel of the 2019 trade season in Mike Montgomery is hurt. Yikes.
A positive from the evening: Carlos Hernandez made his Major League debut out of the bullpen and looked fantastic. He twirled 3.2 shutout innings while striking out two, which kept the Royals somewhat in the game after Harvey totally dribbled down his leg. He proved he belonged and there’s a lot to look forward to with him.
Kansas City’s lone run: a Hunter Dozier home run in the sixth. It was his fourth of the year.
The Royals are 14-22. There are 24 games left and they’re eight games out of first place. Tomorrow is the rubber match between these two teams at 7:15 pm; the pitching matchup is Jake Junis and Triston Mckenzie, who is another young phenom starter for the Indians.