May 17, 2011

Tribe give the Royals an epic beatdown

by Dan Bilicki In: Baseball

Talk about hanging a crooked number on a team. Last night, the Cleveland Indians showed the world that the Kansas City Royals may not be on the road to recovery like many believe. The evidence: A 19-1 final score including a ten-run fourth inning.

The game started with disaster for the Royals, with starter Kyle Davies leaving just one out in. Nate Adcock relieved him and didn’t fare too poorly, but the next pitcher in line couldn’t say the same. After 2.1 innings of work, here was Vin Mazzaro’s pitching line.

2.1 IP, 11 hits, 14 earned runs, 3 walks, 2 Ks, 1 HR.

Ouch. I hope you don’t have him on your fantasy team for some reason.

I can’t remember the last time a pitcher has been lit up like that in the middle of a game. When Mazzaro took the hill, the Royals were only down three and the game still in reach. I know that losing your starter in the first puts a great amount of responsibility on your bullpen, particularly the long relievers, but the hook should have came out long before the game got bowling-shoe ugly.

Let’s not discount what the Indians lineup did, though. This beating was a mob-style attack. Michael Brantley and Matt Laporta both knocked in 4 RBI while Travis Hafner and Orlando Cabrera both had 3 RBIs.

It has certainly been a wild year in the AL Central. Who would have thought that these two teams would be legitimate contenders for the division crown? And, perhaps not so shocking after winning by 18 on Monday, the Indians now lead the majors in run differential with a +59. Go Tribe!

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