The Royals started a three game series in Cleveland on Monday with a 3-2 loss in ten innings on a solo home run by Jason Kipnis to lead off the bottom of the tenth.. The Royals scored their two runs on five hits with one of those hits being a solo home run by Whit Merrifield. The second run was scored by Terrance Gore on a game tying double in the eighth by Nicky Lopez.
The pitching was pretty good in this game. Unfortunately a rain delay limited starter Brad Keller to just three innings, but in those innings he allowed just three hits, walked nobody and struck out four. Brian Flynn entered the game after the rain delay. He went 3.2 innings and allowed two runs on four hits.
Overall this was a positive game for the pitching staff. The Indians are battling for a playoff spot and had the second Wild Card spot after Monday’s game. So a 3-2 loss in ten innings wasn’t a bad showing against them. To hold anyone to three runs over ten innings is pretty good these days, especially for a Royals pitching staff that has struggled mightily this season.
However, good pitching Monday won’t mean anything as far as the next game is concerned. The same pitchers who pitched well on Monday could get lit up in their next appearance. They are so inconsistent. Pitchers who are inconsistent generally are not great pitchers. They rely on the opposing team struggling at the plate or for themselves to just be feeling it that game and pitching one of their better games. A quality pitcher battles and has a so-so game when he doesn’t have his good stuff and dominates when he does.