CLEVELAND, Ohio – Triston McKenzie had no stage fright on Friday night. That was a good thing, because the Indians had to overcome another obstacle – to hit a double game at third base.
In the end, it did not matter because the walk-off magic of the Indians is still alive on Progressive Field. Bobby Bradley hit a leadoff homer in ninth left-hander Jake Brentz to give the Indians a 2-1 win over the Royals. It was their seventh walk-off win of the season and their second in as many nights.
Asked how the first walk-off homer in his career felt, Bradley said: “I̵
McKenzie, in his best outing of the season, bursts through seven innings and left with a 1-0 lead. But Emmanuel Clase jumped his second save in his last three appearances when Jorge Soler met one out in the eighth. It was the first homer Clase has allowed this year.
James Karinchak (6-2) hit the ninth for his second win in as many games. He backed into Thursday’s victory after allowing a game-binding homer to Carlos Santana in the ninth, saved only by Franmil Reyes’ three-run walk-off homer. On Friday night, Karinchak started the ninth by allowing a lead-off double to Andrew Benintendi with the score 1-1.
He came back to retire the next three hits to give Bradley a chance to win it.
The Indians were able to take the lead again as Daniel Johnson single-handedly to start the eighth. The single ended Johnson’s 0-for-15 decline as he continued to finish second on a throwing error from center field Michael. Cesar Hernandez followed with a single to the right as Johnson was stopped on third.
In short, Amed Rosario sent a grounder to Nicky Lopez. Johnson broke home but stopped halfway and got into a downsizing. Hernandez came around second place and reached third place as Johnson also surely came back to third.
Catcher Salvador Perez, who took Lopez’s throw from short, ran to third and tagged Johnson – who had popped out of the bag – and then tagged Hernandez. Third base judge James Hoye called them both out. Manager Terry Francona was thrown out to argue for the call.
The rule says that two runners cannot occupy a base at the same time while the ball is alive. The following runner in this case, Hernandez, can be tagged out. The base belongs to the first runner, Johnson, but he made the mistake of leaving the base.
Francona felt that when Johnson came out of the bag and was tagged out, the base should have belonged to Hernandez. At the time, it looked like it opened the door to yet another Indian loss, but something else stood in the Indians’ dugout.
“We were in a good mood,” Bradley said. “We fought the whole game. Then we got our anger fired up when Tito went out there on the crazy game that happened. With him out there fighting for us, we said we can not give up. Let’s get out and put together some great bats. ”
The last time McKenzie hit Progressive Field, he did not come out of the first inning. He went four and allowed a base hit against the sailors. After the game, he said the size of the crowd came to him. He did not say that the 20,000 plus made his knees knock, but he did not need to because the message was clear.
Friday night, McKenzie returned to the same high and worked it out as a veteran Shakespeare actor. It may not have qualified for an Oscar, but it helped the Indians win cohesive games for the first time since June 20-21. Not only that, he worked in front of a larger audience (21,395) than his last start.
“The audience is part of the game,” McKenzie said. “Last time I felt I was not focused on the game. I was more focused on the external factors. Tonight, I felt like I was really focused on making seats. ”
McKenzie has a reputation for going to the ballpark and also knocking it out. When he arrived in Cleveland for this start, he had not thrown himself into a major league game in 25 days. Still, he was still ranked fifth among AL pitcher with 39 walks.
He changed the script Friday night and went a dough through seven quick innings. As for the strikes, they remained the same. McKenzie knocked out nine while allowing a hit. He has 68 strikes in 49 1/3 innings. He has an average of 12.41 strikes per. Ni innings.
“It was incredibly encouraging on a number of fronts,” Francona said. “Encouraging is the best word I can think of. I think I may have hurt because I hit him so hard on the back. ”
Bradley Zimmer’s RBI single in the second gave McKenzie a 1-0 lead. Franmil Reyes, the walkoff hero from Thursday’s 7-4 win, went on to start the second against Brad Keller. Bradley went too, and Oscar Mercado moved Reyes to third with a flying ball to the right. Zimmer followed with his single on the left.
The Royals have lost 14 of their last 17 games.
Next: RHP Cal Quantrill (0-2, 4.20) vs. LHP Mike Minor (6-7, 5.36) Saturday at 18:10 Bally Sports Great Lakes and WTAM carry the game.
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