Covering the Bases: Game 15
Indians 4, Royals 3
FIRST: How about that Jack Hannahan? Over the winter, there were fans that asked him to add “Supermanahan” to his autograph at the Tribe on Tour event and he’s been living up to the nickname early on this season. Hannahan went 2-for-3 against the Royals to lift his season production to .364 with one homer, four doubles and 13 RBIs in 13 games.
In the fifth inning, Hannahan delivered a two-run double that put Cleveland ahead, 4-1. That proved to be the difference when K.C. rallied for one run each off Tribe relievers Vinnie Pestano and Chris Perez. Right now, Hannahan and Travis Hafner are leading this Cleveland offense. Imagine that.
It’s a bit more than a hot start for Hannahan, though. Dating back to Aug. 13 of last season — (coincidentally?) when he rejoined the team after the birth of his son — Hannahan has hit .367 (44-for-120) with four homers and 30 RBIs in 39 games for the Indians. Maybe it’s that new dad strength. Or, maybe there really is something to the fact that he switched to a heavier bat in the second half last year.
SECOND: Derek Lowe bounced back from a rough week — he had his 2004 World Series ring and replica trophy stolen as part of a robbery at his Florida home — with a solid showing against the Royals. The sinkerballer held K.C. to one run over six innings despite allowing eight hits. Lowe entered the day with three strikeouts this season, and tallied five in the outing against the Royals.
“I’m just showing off,” quipped Lowe, who is 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA. “I apologize. I think my family was watching the game or something.”
THIRD: As impressive as the Indians have been with two outs this season, there have still been some issues with runners in scoring position in general. On Tuesday night, the Tribe went 2-for-12 with RISP and stranded 13 runners. Over a stretch of 61 at-bats with RISP covering the past seven games, the Indians have hit .198 (12 hits). Still, it’s fair to point out that the Tribe has scored 30 of their 58 runs over the last 10 games with two outs. They’ve also gone 8-2 over that stretch.
Manager Manny Acta put it best: “We would’ve loved to score more runs. But, we won. That’s what counts.”
HOME: Welcome home, Asdrubal Cabrera. The Indians’ All-Star shortstop was back in Venezuela this past week to be with family after the death of his grandfather. In his first game back with the Tribe, Cabrera went 2-for-4 with a single, double, walk and run scored. He also hit into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the second inning, but no need to pile on or criticize when: A) he’s had a rough week, B) he stepped right back into game action after a week off, and, C) the Indians won.
Royals (3-14) at Indians (9-6)
at 7:05 p.m. ET Wednesday at Progressiver Field