CLEVELAND, Ohio – James Karinchak and Emmanuel Clase are expected to carry the bulls of the Indians for the next many years.
Right now, the two late-relievers look like they need someone to carry them. Someone did. In fact, quite a few people did.
Cesar Hernandez doubled with an out in the ninth inning off Greg Holland. Jose Ramirez was deliberately gone with two out. Then, Franmil Reyes drove a three-run homer into the left field bleachers for a 7-4 victory over the Royals. The victory ended the Indians̵
Karinchak gave up a leadoff homer to Carlos Santana in the ninth just as the Indians had led 4-3 in the eighth. Clase did not show up in the game, but his last two appearances ended with two losses and a blown save.
Santana stunned Karinchak as he ran his 3-2 fastball over the fence in right midfield to make it a 4-4 game. Santana’s second homer of the night came just after Roberto Perez’s three-run homer in the eighth gave the Indians a 4-3 lead and apparently slammed the brakes on the losing streak.
“We are not giving up,” said Perez, who just came off the injured list Saturday. “We went through a hard stretch and lost nine straight games. Last year we lost eight straight and came back and won nine of the next 11. I’m not worried about our team. . .It’s a long season and the idea is to stay compared and come to the ballpark every day and expect to win. ”
Thursday night was to be about the return of right-handed Zach Plesac to the starting rotation. Things went in that regard, but what about Reyes? It was his third homer since he came off the list of injured a week ago. Manager Terry Francona has used him cautiously for fear that Reyes will renew his left oblique muscle, but caution may disappear in hindsight.
“I don’t care how we won,” Francona said. “I do not care that we won. We needed it. It was a tough game to win. ”
When asked about Reyes, Plesac said, “It’s just so good to have him back in the lineup. It’s great to see him swing healthy. I’m glad he’s back to being Franmil. ”
Reyes hits .381 (8-for-21) with three homers and nine RBIs since coming off the injured list. He was thinking one thing when he went to the plate in the ninth.
“When Carlo (Santana) hit that home run, I told myself that if I got up to hit, I would do it for my team,” Reyes said when asked about the royals who deliberately went with Jose Ramirez to meet him. “It was incredible. I swear on my kids, I said I hope they go Josie. I was like, ‘Please, go him. Give him this shot. ‘And I got the pitch. ‘”
Plesac’s outing was a glorified rehabilitation start. He did it in big league settings because the Indians need a glimmer of hope that what they’ve been through the last month or so is not what awaits them coming out of the other side of the All-Star. break .
He opened with seven straight outs, three on strike. Michael Taylor doubled the third for KC’s first hit. Nicky Lopez followed with a run against the wall in the center, which Bradley Zimmer caught on the warning track. Whit Merrifield sent a bouncer to deep short. Amed Rosario may have been screened by Taylor as he headed for third because Rosario stabbed the ball awkwardly and could not knock it down as the Royals took a 1-0 lead.
Oscar Mercado, who had a hit erased in Wednesday’s seven-inning no-hitter by the Rays, gave the Indians their first hit in 11 innings with a double down the left field line in the third. The ball was originally called foul by third-base referee Nick Mahrley. The Indians challenged and the call was overturned.
Nothing came of the double when Cesar Hernandez grounded in a double play, but at least the Indians had a hit.
However, Plesac was showing why the starting pitcher needs a long time to reach game strength after being on the injured list.
He knocked Salvador Perez out just to start the fourth to get his former teammate Santana to back him up with a first pitch in the right pitch for a 2-0 lead. Santana, who always seems to hit with a full count, turned Plesacs 82 mph curveball into his 14th homer.
Hunter Dozier, one out later, homers into left field spots for a 3-0 lead. Plesac worked his way out of the inning without further injury, but his night was over.
Plesac, in his 10 starts before going on the injured list, threw a high percentage of strikes and did not issue many walks. He threw 69% (38-for-55) of his seats to strikes and did not go a dough. Another trend before injury was the nine homers he allowed in 58 2/3 innings. It also continued.
“I think I caught too much of the strike zone,” Plesac said, starting his first start since May 23, when a broken right thumb put him on the injured list. “I need to expand a little better. I felt like we were working out most of the night, so expanding the zone would get me out of trouble late in the count. ”
Bobby Bradley, who struck out five times in six at-bats in Wednesday’s double-header at the Rays, put the Indians on the scoreboard with a two-out homer in the fourth. He sent the left Danny Duffy out and made it 3-1. It was his ninth homer since he was recalled from Columbus on June 5th.
Next: RHP Triston McKenzie (1-3, 6.38) will be recalled from Class AAA Columbus to start against the Royals on Friday. RHP Brad Keller (6-9, 6.39) starts for the Royals. The playing time is 19:10 with Bally Sports Great Lakes, WTAM, WMMS and the Native American radio network carrying the game.
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