It was a fast start for the Tribe on Thursday night. Everybody’s favorite shortstop, Francisco Lindor, homered on the first pitch of the game to give the Tribe an early 1-0 lead. After that quick start, it was a long, slow marathon to the finish, as it took 14 innings and 4 hours and 51 minutes of baseball for the Tribe to finally claim a 5-4 victory over the Royals.
The opening homer was a 402 foot blast and was Lindor’s 17th career leadoff homer. It came on a 92 mph fastball on the outside of the plate. Truthfully, Lindor made it look easy, reaching out and pulling an average fastball. He is, of course, an absolute stud.
It was another home run that put the Tribe ahead in the 14th. Jose Ramirez launched a moonball to left-center (almost exactly where Lindor’s homer went out) to give the Indians the lead. Later that inning, Jake Bauers drove in Jason Kipnis with an RBI single to make it a two-run lead. Of course that was valuable, as the Royals threatened in the bottom of the inning, loading the bases but scoring just once off reliever A.J. Cole.
The Indians bullpen was fantastic, going 8 2⁄3 innings and only allowing that one run in the 14th. Oliver Perez, Adam Cimber, Tyler Clippard, Nick Wittgren, Brad Hand, and Nick Goody all threw scoreless relief efforts.
Adam Plutko started for the Tribe and went 5 2⁄3 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits. He struck out just one.
Lindor, Ramirez, and Kipnis all finished with three hits, with Bauers and Carlos Santana adding two.
Game two of the four-game series features two young right-handers, as it’s Zack Plesac versus Jakob Junis. First pitch is scheduled for 8:15 PM EST. Let’s get another win (just quicker this time please)!