Cleveland Indians Fail To Hold Early Lead, Lose To Kansas City 6-5

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After an early lead this afternoon, the Cleveland Indians were unable to hold on as they lost to the Kansas City Royals,6-5.  Starter Shaun Marcum pitched very well in another outing showcasing why he deserves a spot on the backend of the team’s rotation.  Marcum pitched three innings, striking out two while allowing two hits.

Royals starter Yordano Ventura on the other hand struggled from the start, as both Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana had RBI singles in the first. Later in the inning, Kipnis scored on an RBI groundout by Tyler Holt. David Murphy continued with the scoring in the second inning when he hit Down 4-1 in the sixth inning, the Royals rallied and never looked back.  Matt Fields hit a two run home run, followed by a wild pitch by Charles Brewer, Brett Eibner scored to tie the game.  Later in the inning, Christian Colon had a two-run single.  Audy Ciriaco hit a solo home run in the eighth. leading to the 6-5 final.

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What Stood Out?

The Indians have a very talented pitching rotation even, even with all the recent injuries. Marcum’s performance today showed that he is still a solid pitcher and can fill a slot for this team.  He will still have more to prove to earn a spot, but if he can pitch like he did today going forward he can make a solid case for himself.

Jose Ramirez continues to hit the ball well this spring.  He seems to always be productive in some way, and today was no different as he went 2-for-4 with a run scored. He’s very talented, and even with Francisco Lindor waiting in the wings, I believe he still has a future with the team when Lindor is ready– perhaps as a corner outfielder with his athleticism.

What’s Next?

Cleveland takes on the Cincinnati Reds tomorrow at 4:05 PM.

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