The Cleveland Indians opened up a six pack on Tuesday night. It had such a bitter taste they spit it out immediately. The six pack they cracked opened was a six pack of losses as the Kansas City Royals, well actually Eric Hosmer of the Royals send the Indians to their sixth consecutive loss 2-1 the final at Progressive Field.
The loss also marked the first time in Jacobs Field/Progressive Field history that a Cleveland Indians team has lost eight straight games at home. The last time the Indians lost eight straight home games was 40 years ago in 1975 at old Municipal Stadium.
Hosmer has been a royal pain in the Indians you know what, no pun intended. Hosmer drove in both Royals runs on the night, highlighted by the solo home run to right in the top of the ninth inning to break a 1-1 tie.
Trevor Bauer was a tough luck loser on Tuesday night despite going the distance for a complete game. Bauer has now lost all three of his starts since the All Star Break. Bauer allowed two earned runs on only five hits with a walk and six strike outs in what you could argue as Bauer’s best pitched game this season.
Hosmer got the scoring going in the top of the fourth inning with a bloop single just over the head of Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor into left field to bring home Lorenzo Cain giving the Royals a 1-0 lead. The game could have remained scoreless if Brandon Moss would have been to hold on to the ball after crashing into the right field wall on the Cain triple. Moss caught the ball took a couple of steps then ran into the fence which forced the ball out of Moss’ glove. Manager Terry Francona decided to challenge the no catch call by the umpiring crew, but the call was upheld by replay. Hosmer would then step up and record the rbi single. Another tough break for the struggling Indians.
Once again the Indians had opportunities to score runs but can’t deliver in the clutch. The tribe had scoring opportunities in the first and second innings against Royals starter Chris Young who only last four and two thirds inning on the night. Moss would strike out with Michael Brantley on third and Carlos Santana on second with two outs to wend the first inning. Jason Kipnis would line out to right two runners on the end the second inning.
Michael Bourn showed flashes of his younger self on Tuesday night. Bourn would record two hits and a season high three stolen bases and would the score the Indians lone run of the ballgame. Bourn would steal third base in the bottom of the fifth inning and would score on a throwing error by Royals catcher Salvador Perez and tie the game up at one.
The score would stay that way until the ninth. After Bauer would retire Mike Moustakas on a pop out to Santana at first base, Cain would reach on an error by Mike Aviles at second base. Aviles got the start at second base on Tuesday night after David Murphy was scratched from the original starting lineup because he was traded to the Los Angeles Angels. Murphy was the original designated hitter. Kipnis was switched from second base to the designated hitter.
The Indians would gain some much needed momentum when Cain was tagged out trying to steal second base on a terrific throw by catcher Roberto Perez. That momentum was sucked right out of them on the very next pitch as Hosmer would hit the game winning home run to make it a 2-1 Royals lead.
Royals closer Greg Holland would come in and record his 22nd save of the season in the bottom of the ninth thanks to some help from his defense. Perez would lead off the inning with a ground ball right back up the middle, It looked like it would go into center field for a base hit but second baseman Omar Infante would come up with it then flip it to shortstop Alcides Escobar who would throw it to Hosmer at first for the out that goes four, six, three. Bourn would get on base with a walk but Aviles would end the game by grounding into a double play to send the Indians to their sixth straight loss 2-1 the final.
Bauer suffers his third straight loss and falls to 8-8 on the season. Wade Davis would get the win in relief after pitching a one, two, three eighth inning to improve his record to 7-1.
The Indians will look to avoid a series and home stand sweep at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Reigning CY Young Award winner Corey Kluber goes in search of win number six. The Royals will counter with former Indian Jeremy Guthrie. Wednesday will be a must win game for the Tribe as they embark on a seven game west coast trip to Oakland and Anaheim following the series finale against Kansas City.