Right-hander Jason Hammel (1-3) picked up his first Royals victory, allowing one run on three hits and two walks over six innings, while striking out six. The Royals had a chance to grab the lead and they didn't need a hit to do so.
"It's something I had experimented with on the side and just committed to it", Hammel said.
Santana opened the third with a single and went to second when Perez made a spectacular twirl and throw from behind the plate to get Michael Brantley out.
The Indians would take a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning. Clevinger froze Jorge Soler on a biting 2-2 curveball.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, right fielder Jorge Bonifacio smacked a 1-1 pitch into left field for a single, and after former Indians outfielder/designated hitter Brandon Moss struck out swinging, shortstop Alcides Escobar doubled to left field.
Shaw punched out four batters while Miller and Allen struck out one apiece. In his last two starts, he's surrendered 11 earned runs in 10 innings pitched - walking seven in the process. If it was hit harder, I would have caught it, which is kind of ironic.
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The ground ball never came.
That doesn't mean the pitcher won't throw a pitch that doesn't fit the pattern, but it's likely those pitches won't be strikes. The team has scored a major league-worst 82 runs.
If there are less than two outs, the pitcher wants a groundball to the left side for a double play. Danny Duffy will be on the mound for the Royals and Mike Clevinger makes the start for Cleveland. The 23-year-old is slashing.280/.346/.576 with 23 runs, 18 RBIs but now only one stolen base.
If it's a guy with no wheels, he might want to think double. Manager Ned Yost said he was leaning toward having RHP Chris Young take Kennedy's rotation slot.
The guy with no wheels can now think single. Duffy thought the ball was hit harder and he flinched as the ball floated by him.
Check the hitter's hands: if he's still down on the knob of the bat, don't be surprised to see off-speed chase pitches. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.