We're now headlong into baseball's garbage time - especially when a non-playoff team comes to town - and wins and losses don't mean a whole lot, but it was nice to see to see the individual performances that lead to tonight's blowout win. David Huff went six innings, and seemed much more in control of things than earlier in the season. The Royals sent out to the mound a panoply of bad pitchers, and the Indians did what they were supposed to do, knocking out 17 hits (eight of them for extra bases) and scoring 13 runs.
Foremost among the contributors to this offensive outburst was Michael Brantley, who went 4-for-5 on the evening. His career-beginning hitting streak ended at eight the night before, so he made up for the hitless night tonight. Five of his teammates also had multiple hits, including Jamey Carroll (3-5, 2 2B), and Asdrubal Cabrera (2-4, 2 2B, BB). Even the already infamous Niuman Romero got his first major-league hit tonight.
Even though the first two paragraphs hint at a blowout from the beginning, it wasn't so. The Royals lead 3-2 after the top of the fifth, and the Indians really broke the game open in the seventh, when they scored six runs off two Royals relievers, both of whom were September callups.
Next Up: Davies vs. Carrasco, 1:05 PM
|Highest WPA||Lowest WPA|
|Shin-Soo Choo||.243||Chris Gimenez||-.069|
|Jhonny Peralta||.167||Travis Hafner||-.063|
|Jamey Carroll||.139||David Huff||-.057|