Well, the Royals are obviously no Superman of baseball, but if they were, it’d be safe to say that road games would be their kryptonite.
The Royals road woes seem like they will never end. There’s such thing as home field advantage, but it’s not like teams are being spotted runs… Unless it’s by the Royals themselves. They have dropped eight straight on the road and have a 2-20 record away from Kauffman Stadium. The Royals started the season losing their first 12 games on the road.
Today’s game against the Indians was in Cleveland… Does the result need to be reported? The score should be sufficient. The winner and loser should be implied. The game’s final tally was 6-5, and out of formality, the Royals lost.
Things were looking bright for Kansas City. They opened the game with runs in the first two innings. Doug Mientkiewicz singled home Esteban German in the first. Mark Grudzielanek singled to center to score catcher John Buck.
Just like that, the Royals were in the lead and making breaks for themselves. Then reality set in. The Indians scored runs in the next four innings to take a 6-2 lead after five frames.
Ron Belliard got things started scoring Travis Hafner in the second. Hafner scored after leading off the inning with a single and advancing a base on a bunt single by Casey Blake and a groundout by Ben Broussard.
Things really opened up for the Tribe in the third. Jason Michaels doubled to deep left field to start the inning. Jhonny Peralta and Hafner followed with walks. Blake and Broussard singled in runs and with no outs the Indians already scored three runs. Fortunately for the Royals, starter Runelvys Hernandez was able to settle down and stop the bleeding retiring the next three batters without giving up another run.
Grady Sizemore hit a Hernandez 1-0 pitch for a homer to begin the fourth and things were looking like they were going to bust for the Royals. Somehow the baseball gods had mercy on the Royals and the next three batters went down pretty quietly.
To their credit, the Royals didn’t go down without a fight. Reggie Sanders finished off Cleveland starter Cliff Lee with a 2-run double to center that scored German and Grudzielanek. Three batters later, Tony Graffanino plated Sanders with a double to center off of reliever Fernando Cabrera. Those three runs made it 6-5, but that was as close as Kansas City got as Angel Berroa killed the rally striking out looking for the third out in the inning.
Cliff Lee gave up four earned runs on eight hits in six innings of work to earn the win. Bob Wickman retired the ninth to get his seventh save of the season.
Hernandez only lasted 3 1/3 innings. He allowed five runs on seven hits and walked three batters.
German did provide some sort of a bright spot for the Royals going 3-for-3 and scoring twice. He walked twice to reach base all five times he came to bat.