Indians Beat Royals, 11-9
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two bench clearing skirmishes in the third inning prefaced an amazing comeback by the Kansas City Royals (3-5, 0-2 home) that ended in disappointment Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium.
In the third inning, Cleveland Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo was beamed by Royals starter Jonathan Sanchez. Choo and the Indians (3-4, 2-0 away) took offense, and benches cleared.
Later that inning, Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas was beamed by Indians starter Jeanmar Gomez in retaliation. Bench clearing fireworks ensued again.
Royals manager Ned Yost was first in line to break up any potential fight. Yost was in the middle of both teams, helped separate the two sides, and helped hold back Indians third baseman Jack Hannahan.
Gomez, Hannahan, and Indians manager Manny Acta were all ejected.
Sanchez gave up five runs over three innings, and Royals reliever Tim Collins gave up four runs over the next two.
For the sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth innings, the Royals bullpen didn’t give up any more runs. Kansas City’s offense finally got the bats going, and started to chip away at the Tribe’s seemingly insurmountable lead.
Kansas City overcame a 9-2 deficit in the fifth inning to tie the game in the eighth off a solo home run by Royals second baseman Yuniesky Betancourt.
In the 10th inning, it was Shin-Soo Choo who drew last blood.
Choo crushed a two-run RBI double off Royals reliever Greg Holland (0-1) that skimmed the glove of Royals center fielder Jarrod Dyson and ricocheted off the center field wall.
The Indians took an 11-9 lead, and Indians closer Chris Perez retired three straight to get the save.
Royals starter Luis Mendoza (0-1) takes the mound against Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez (0-0) today for game three at the K.