Rain, Rain, Go Away – Royals Drop Finale vs. Indians

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                In tonight’s series finale versus the Indians, the Royals’ bats once again went quiet. During this roller coaster ride that is the MLB season; games like this are, unfortunately, inevitable. There were not many chances to be had, however, due in large part to Trevor Bauer and his solid performance on the mound.

The emergent young right-hander baffled the bats of the Boys in Blue for the majority of the game, with the only exception being a two-run bomb to center field by Lorenzo Cain. Bauer finished with 6.2 innings of four-hit ball, with four walks and five strikeouts scattered in. He was a bit erratic, but the 24 year old Bauer did enough to silence the Royals and earn a series win for Cleveland.

On the other side of the mound, Kansas City looked to Chris Young, who has been by far the Royals most surprising pitcher so far this season.

He struggled through 5 innings, giving up six runs on eight hits, while striking out four and walking two. The key hit of the game came from Brandon Moss, who continues to be a thorn in the Royals’ side. His two-run homer in the 5th inning gave the Indians a 6-2 lead, and they never looked back from there. Young’s ERA “ballooned” to 2.56, and he will look to bounce back in his next outing.

The flash of power was refreshing to see out of Lorenzo Cain, who had not homered since May 2nd before tonight’s blast. He now has 23 RBI’s on the year, and will look to lead the Royals to a turnaround at the plate. Lorenzo now carries a modest 3-game hitting streak into this weekend’s series against the Texas Rangers at The K. 

In the end, Mother Nature decided to get involved, and the game was eventually called after the skies opened up during the bottom of the 8th inning with the Royals trailing 6-2. It is always a letdown when a game is cut short due to rain, whatever the score is. Plus, after last year’s Wild Card game, I’ve learned to never say "never" when it comes to these Royals.

 That being said, even though the series did not end well for the Royals, it’s a new day tomorrow. KC is now in sole possession of 2nd place in the AL Central, just a game back of the surging Twins. The Tigers continue to slide, now five games out of first, and Cleveland is six back after tonight’s win. Weather permitting (tonights forecast), the Royals will look to get back to their winning ways this weekend versus the Rangers, and make a push back towards first place in the Central. See you at The K this weekend!

 

*Quick editor's note: Welcome our new writer, Jake, to Royals Blue. We're excited to have him on board, as he will be assisting Sarah with recaps, along with any other Royals news!* 

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