The Cleveland Guardians lost there first game in this weekends three game series at the Kansas City Royals tonight, by a final score of 4-3. This was Clevelands fifth loss in a row, bringing them one game under .500. They are now 5 games behind the Minnesota Twins for first place in the AL Central.
For Cleveland (Now 40-41), the scoring started with an exciting moment in the top of the second, when rookie player RF Nolan Jones would double to right in his very first major league at-bat, scoring 1B Owen Miller. The only other scoring for the team tonight would be in the 7th, when DH Franmil Reyes knocked out a 377 foot two-run homer to right, scoring himself and 3B Jose Ramirez. Starting Pitcher Aaron Civale pitched great tonight and had the team in front when he left the game, after pitching 7 full innings and allowing just 1 run on 6 hits, while racking up 6 strikeouts and no walks. The loss went to Sam Hentges (now 2-1) while pitching in relief, after a blown save in the 8th from Eli Morgan.
For Kansas City (Now 31-51), the scoring started in the bottom of the 3rd, when LF Andrew Benintendi singled to right center to score CF Michael Taylor. Next up was in the 8th, with 2B Whit Merrifield homering to left (413 ft), to score himself and pinch-running 3B Nick Lopez. Finally, Kansas City would be able to celebrate a walk-off win, after going into the 9th tied, with a Taylor single to right to score pinch-running OF Edward Olivares. Starting pitcher Brad Singer also had an impressive night on the mound, yet left with a no-decision, after going 7 full innings himself and allowing 3 runs on 6 hits while earning 5 strikeouts and no walks. The win goes to Sid Barlow(now 3-2), while pitching in relief.
The Guardians will try to break the losing streak in the second game of this series tommorow, with the first pitch being thrown at 4:10pm (pregame will start on WQKT at 3:35p). Triston McKenzie is the probable starter for Cleveland.