Royals manage just one hit in loss to Cleveland

Rufina Vignone
Mag 8, 2017

Clevinger was 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA in two appearances (one start) versus Kansas City in 2016 and Alcides Escobar belted a homer against the Florida native.

Clevinger will be recalled Sunday to make his 2017 debut, replacing injured Corey Kluber in the rotation, after a strong start in Triple-A with Columbus.

While the Royals own just four saves in nine opportunities, Cleveland's bullpen has been flawless as Andrew Miller and Cody Allen have combined to strike out 44 and allow one run in 26 2/3 innings this season.

After Kipnis delivered and evened the tally at 1-1, the ballgame was placed in the hands of Andrew Miller and Cody Allen in the eighth and ninth innings respectively.

LHP Danny Duffy (2-2, 3.89) is slated for his seventh start of the season after allowing six runs in each of his last two starts. "We're going through a patch". Clevinger didn't have great numbers when healthy last season, so he probably won't light the world on fire today, but I think he can do enough to help Cleveland get past this weaker lineup. "We're letting him chill a little bit", Francona said. The base hit scored Lorenzo Cain, who had doubled to left field with one out. He then got Hosmer on a fly ball and struck out Perez before walking Jorge Soler.

The Indians' lone run of the game came on a home run from designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion in the top of the fourth inning. "We're striking out way too many times".

"We're not scoring", Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Royals players Hosmer, Moss, Travis Wood, Whit Merrifield and Drew Butera attended a Garth Brooks concert Saturday night in Kanas City.

Although Indians left fielder Michael Brantley dove to stop the ball from rolling to the wall, shortstop Francisco Lindor lost a grip on the ball while trying to relay a throw to catcher Roberto Perez, and that hiccup allowed Bonifacio to score Kansas City's third run of the game without a challenge.

KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 7: Grounds crew member Jeff Diekman removes a swarm of bees as Kansas City Star staff photographer, John Sleezer (right), records video before the game between the Cleveland Indians and the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on May 7, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. Now 2-3 on the season, Duffy will carry a 3.50 ERA and 1.50 WHIP into Friday's matchup against the Orioles. May.

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