Indians over Royals 11-4

Game Played on 5/21/2017 5:00 PM at Cool 1
Results were reported on 5/22/2017 1:02 PM
GameID: 13384

Pitching for Indians Pitching for Royals
NameAgePitch Count
Charlie Kent850
Jackson Chamberlain85
Torin Narva924
Ryan White936
NameAgePitch Count
Maxwell Mitchell757
Tee Hutt848
Brayden Crandall855
Jake Grenier914

Coolidge 1 played host to an AL Central matchup between the Royals and the visiting Indians.  With a first pitch temperature of 70 degrees at 5:00PM both teams came ready to play.

On the hill to start things off for the Royals was Max Mitchell.  In the leadoff spot for the Tribe was Ben Chamberlain.  Ben dug in and earned himself a walk for the first base runner of the game.  Charlie Kent followed that up with another walk and it looked as though the Indians were rolling with runners on first and second and nobody out.  Max had other ideas though as he got himself dialed in struck out the next three batters with a combination of off speed pitches to end the inning with no damage.

In the top half of the inning, the Indians sent Charlie Kent to the mound.  Charlie was looking to rebound from his last appearance and return to his early season dominating form.  The Royals sent Brady O’Connell to try and get things started but Kent was on his game and you could see something special was in the air.  Charlie just kept pounding the strike zone as he struck out the first two Royals for the game.  Up stepped George Kosheff, determined not to be another K victim.  After taking a glove popping strike on the outside corner, George got a hold of the next pitch and lined it into left center.  As George raced around first and headed into second you could see he had third base on his mind but Charlie King, playing center field, got a great jump on the ball and cut it off before it could go by him and quickly got it in as George slammed on the brakes after rounding second and barely got back to second on the play.  Like it never happened, Charlie Kent took the ball and delivered and went right back to work, finishing the inning with a strikeout of the next batter.  End of 1 …. No score.

Max came back out for a second inning of work as the Indians sent Dillon Harrington to the plate to lead things off.  Dillon stood in there and worked himself a free pass.  Max was able to return to form as he struck out the next batter for the first out of the inning but then the Indians came alive.  Dillon swiped second base and Charlie King followed that with a base on balls himself.  With runners on first and second, up stepped Jack Auen.  Jack had been spending some extra time in the cage working on his swing and it paid off.  With the count of 0-2 Jack shortened up on his swing and slapped a well-placed single between short and third for his first minor league hit of the season to load the bases, GREAT JOB JACK!  Sohan Pasupuleti followed that up with another single to plate the first run of the game.  Another single by Ben Chamberlain and a walk to Charlie Kent plated two more runs.  With the bases loaded and still only one out, up stepped Torin Narva.  After taking a couple of pitches for balls, Torin took a big rip, just missing it for strike one.  Unfortunately for the Royals, the next pitch wasn’t so lucky as Torin cleared the bases with an opposite field screamer for the Grand Salami and the end of the inning.

Now with a lead, Charlie Kent took the hill for another inning of work.  The Royals fought hard, taking some great swings but tonight was the rookie’s night as he used every pitch in his arsenal to send all three batters he faced back to the bench with strikeouts.  End of 2 … Indians 5 …. Royals 0

The Royals made a pitching change in the third inning and brought in TJ Hutt.  Leading off the third for the Indians was Ryan White who quickly greeted the new pitcher with a hard-hit single to left.   TJ settled down and struck out the next hitter as White swiped second.  Dillon Harrington, swinging a hot bat stepped in and got himself single to right, moving White to third.  Dillon was able to move up to second on a steal of second but both he and Ryan were stranded out on the pond as TJ took care of business, striking out the next two batters to end the inning.

With a low pitch count, Charlie Kent went out for his third inning of work and what a magical inning it was as he added his to a list of names that include Sandy Kofax, Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, and Pedro Martinez.  On 9 straight fastballs, Kent retired the side via the strikeout and he had himself his first, and I am sure not last, immaculate inning. End of 3 … Indians 5 …. Royals 0.

TJ Hutt came out for his second inning of work, hoping to build upon his previous inning of success.  He got out of the gate fast with a strikeout for the first out of the inning but Sohan quickly recorded his second hit of the game to get things started for the Tribe.  Another hit by Ben Chamberlain and a couple walks plated 2 more runs for the Indians and they were looking for more as they had the bases loaded again and Dillon Harrington up to bat.  Dillon put some solid wood on it but a great play by the Royals second baseman ranging to his right gathered the ball and flipped to a heads-up shortstop covering second to end the inning with no further damage.

The Tribe sent Charlie back out for his fourth inning of work.  Brady O’Connell quickly put an end to any thoughts of back to back immaculate innings as he slashed a single to left and swiped second base.  TJ Hutt followed that with a walk and for the first time in the game Charlie looked to be tiring and in trouble.   Kent reached deep and was able to get the next batter with a nasty sinker and the first out of the inning.  He followed that with another strikeout but that was the end of his night as he reached his pitch limit, coming within one pitch of possibly being able to go four full innings.  As coach walked to the mound to make the pitching change the fans gave Kent a standing ovation.  With two outs and runners on first and second, the Tribe decided to put Jackson Chamberlain on the hill for his minor league pitching debut.  With his brother as his battery mate, Jackson fired away to bring the count to 2-2.  Ben put down the sign but Jackson shook him off, insisting on fastball.  Jackson delivered as Jackson Mitchell ripped a shot back through the box but with cat like reflexes, Jackson Chamberlain knocked it down and fired to first to the outstretched Ryan White for the third out of the inning. End of 4 … Indians 7 … Royals 0

For the top of the fifth, the Royals send the hard throwing southpaw, Brayden Crandall to the mound.  The Indians dug in and took their cuts and earned a base on balls to put runners on first and second.  Brayden clamped down and got the next batter via the strikeout followed by a 4-3 put out for the second out of the inning.  Two more walks plated another run for the Indians but Brayden was able to end it there with a knee buckling curve ball for strike three and the third out of the inning.

With an 8-run lead, the Indians sent Torin Narva to the mound for the fifth inning.  On three straight pitches, Torin recorded the first out of the inning.  After a walk to Crandall, Torin went back to work and struck out the next two Royals he faced to end the innings. End of 5 ... Indians 8 ... Royals 0

Brayden came out to start things in the sixth inning.  The Indians made him work as they got deep into every count, earning some free passes and three more runs before a pitching change was made.  The Royals brought in the glove popping righty, Jake Grenier.  Jake took a couple batters to find his stride but when he did it was nothing but heat coming at the Indians hitters as he struck out the last two batters of the inning leaving scouts checking their radar guns.

Torin took the hill in the sixth, looking to end the game and send Chief Wahoo home a winner.  Hayden Law had other plans as he made Torin work fouling off a couple pitches before strolling down to first to get things started.  Up next was Brady O’Connell and on the first pitch he saw he ripped a single towards second that Torin dove for but it was just out of his reach off the tip of his glove.  The Royals had runners on 1st and 3rd and nobody out and about to see a pitching change as on the dive, Torin re-injured his leg.  Taking every precaution, the Indians took him out of the game and sent Ryan White to the mound to try and close things out.  Ryan was able to get the first batter he faced with a strikeout but things were about to get interesting.  Big George Kosheff stepped in delivered the first run of the game for the Royals as he drilled a shot into left field.  With runners on the corners now, in stepped Jake Grenier.  On the first pitch he saw, Kosheff swiped second uncontested to put both runners in scoring position.  With one out and runners at 2nd and 3rd and the count 2-1, Jake hit a laser down the third base line that seemed to just keep going.  Dillon Harrington gave chase but by the time he got to the ball he was in another zip code and Jake had rounded the bases for a 3-run home run.  The Royals bench was going crazy as they had life.  Jackson Mitchell followed Grenier with a walk.  Ryan stepped off the rubber and walked around the mound to regain his composure.  He was able to strike the next batter out for the second out of the inning but the Royals weren’t going quietly as Brayden Crandall worked himself a walk to put runners on first and second and two outs.  Ryan was rattled but not out of it as he faced the next batter.  After running the count full, Ryan took a deep breath and reached down deep to throw a strike to end the game.  End of game … Indians 11 … Royals 4.

With only a few games left to the season, both teams are gearing up for the playoffs and battling right to the final pitch which will make for an exciting stretch run.  Good luck to all.