The Cleveland Indians cross country flight to the west coast will be a little more enjoyable on Wednesday evening. The tribe snapped their six game losing streak and avoided a sweep of the entire seven game homestand.
The Indians took out six games of frustration on Jeremy Guthrie and the Kansas City Royals on getaway day with a 12-1 win. Corey Kluber picked up his sixth win of the season by tossing the Indians second complete game in as many days. The Indians offense gave Kluber plenty of run support with a six run inning and a four run inning. The offense banged out a season high 18 hits with four home runs.
The Indians got on the board in the first win when Yan Gomes was hit by Guthrie with the bases loaded to give the tribe a 1-0 lead. Guthrie would plunk three Indians on the day. Jason Kipnis was hit in the second inning to load the bases again. Home plate umpire Tom Woodring issued warnings to both benches following the hit batter. Francisco Lindor would step up next and drive home Michael Bourn on a sacrifice fly to center field to extend the Indians lead to 2-0.
The third and final hit batter was Michael Brantley in the fifth inning. Woodring didn’t eject Guthrie or Royals manager Ned Yost, instead Woodring ejected Indians skipper Terry Francona after he questioned why Guthrie was not ejected after a warning was issued earlier in the game.
While the ejection wasn’t warranted in this sports writer’s mind, perhaps Francona’s ejection was just the boost the Indians needed. The offense would put up six runs in the sixth inning and hit three of their four home runs of the game during that rally. Giovanny Urshela would start the home run party with a solo shot to the bleachers in left center to extend the Indians lead to 3-0. After Kipnis would single home Bourn, who had a season high four hits on the afternoon, Lindor would crush a Guthrie pitch deep and gone over the lower deck seats down the right field line for a three run homer. Indians lead is now 7-0. Lindor had a career high four runs batted in on Wednesday afternoon. Brantley would send Guthrie to the showers by taking him deep to the right field seats to avenge being hit by the Royals starter in the previous at bat. The solo home run wrapped up the six run inning and gave the tribe an 8-0 lead.
The Indians finished off their offensive onslaught with four runs in the eighth inning. Brandon Moss would single home Brantley and Carlos Santana to get the Indians into double digits at 10-0. Gomes would finish the scoring by taking Luke Hochevar to the home run porch for a two run homer to make the score 12-0. Every Indian in the lineup tallied at least one hit on Wednesday afternoon.
Kluber would strike out six on just one walk and only allowed five hits for his complete game victory. Kluber was going for the shut out but the Royals scrapped out a run with two outs in the ninth inning on an rbi ground out by Alex Rios, but the Indians snap their six game losing streak and eight game home losing streak 12-1 the final.
Before Wednesday’s game, the tribe called up outfielder Tyler Holt from Triple-A Columbus to fill the open roster spot of David Murphy when the Indians traded him to the Angels on Tuesday. The Indians begin a seven game west coast trip Thursday night in Oakland. Carlos Carrasco will get the start against Chris Bassitt at 10:05 p.m. Bassitt, the former University of Akron Zip faced the tribe on July 11 in Cleveland and allowed two runs and got a no decision.
The Athletics took two out of three over the Indians at Progressive Field on July 10 through 12. The Royals head to Toronto to open a four game series against the Blue Jays on Thursday night.