Here’s to a great week!
Indians 3, Royals 1
Yan Gomes’ moonshot of a homer was the walk-off winner on an extremely chilly Sunday afternoon in Cleveland. Mike Clevinger seemed to work out of trouble in just about all of his 7 1⁄3 innings, but finished allowing just one earned run.
Oh, and there was this Willie Mays Hayes-like beauty . . .
The “swing” that snapped Cleveland’s 23-inning scoreless drought. pic.twitter.com/XyZO33gbMg— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) April 8, 2018
With the win, the Indians are now 4-5 on the year.
Yan was excellent Sunday. From Jordan Bastian:
Over the 2015–18 seasons, Gomes has posted a .376 SLG overall. He’s had his share of troubles, yes. His wheelhouse, however, is low in the zone, especially against fastballs. Over that same span, Gomes had a .528 SLG on four-seamers in the lower third of the strike zone, per Statcast. That will now go up in light of the two-run walk-off shot that the catcher belted to left off Brandon Maurer in the ninth inning.
“Right there, you’re really just trying to keep the line moving, man,” Gomes said. “As the at-bat went on, I felt like I was getting more and more on him. Once you’re 3–2, you’re just trying to shorten up, trying to get a good pitch. The more I kept fouling off, I was like, ‘Man, I’m gaining on him. I’m gaining on him.’ I got something maybe a little lower and put a good swing on it.”