Indians Offense Explodes in 14-6 Beat Down of the Royals; Three Takeaways
The Indians reached 90 wins on Friday night in Kansas City against the Royals, with starting pitcher Mike Clevinger getting his 13th win of the season as he gets ready to start what looks like game three of the ALDS a week from Monday against the Astros, topping KC 14-6.
The offense was the story in the big victory, with the team putting up their biggest inning of the season, scoring 10 runs. The 7th inning explosion was cemented by a grand slam by Josh Donaldson, who looks more than ready for the playoffs.
Jason Kipnis also homered for the Indians, as it looked like a low scoring affair as it was 1-0 Indians till the 7th inning when the Tribe offense came to life.
Here's a quick three takeaways from the win for the Indians, who will be back in action looking for win 91 on Saturday.
1. Donaldson Looks Ready
Josh Donaldson's grand slam in the 7th hopefully serves as a precursor for what's next for the Indians player who is known for bringing the 'rain.'
The newest Indian has three homers and 7 runs batted in since he came on the roster for good on September 11th. He gives this offense a whole other look with not only his power but also just his presence.
We will see if he can bring that force in the postseason once the team arrives in Houston for the ALDS.
2. About That Inning
The Tribe's 7th inning came out of nowhere, more so since the team had put up just two runs in the first 16 innings of the series against the Royals.
It was the first 10-run inning for the Indians since doing it on September 30th, 2012, against the Royals in a game at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
It was also the most runs that that Royals had given up this season. Let's hope that this type of offensive output continues with the postseason in sight.
3. Win 13 for Clevinger
Tribe starter Mike Clevinger was very good in his final warmup until the playoffs, as he went 6.2 innings, allowing just four hits, no runs to get to 13-8.
It looks like Clevinger is locked in as the playoff get closer and closer, and it will be fun to see what he can do when he takes the bump against the Astros in Cleveland in game three of the ALDS.
He has worked hard to get to this point, and his hard work has paid off with what will be a playoff start in game three.