5/30 Game Recap: Royals 6 – Indians 3

Roster Updates: Travis Hafner was finally placed on the 15 Day disabled list for his meniscus issues after hitting himself with a foul ball. His DL stint is retroactive to May 24th, but he may stay on until at least June 16 as the Indians will be on the road against National League teams until then. As long as Carlos Santana is back and Lonnie Chisenhall stays on the roster, the Indians will probably be better off without Hafner. Scott Barnes was brought up from AAA to replace Pronk. Barnes will be placed in the bullpen in long relief. He was starting at the beginning of this season, but after some struggling was placed into the bullpen in Columbus where he was dominant. He is technically taking Jairo Asencio‘s place in the pen. This move puts the Indians’ roster back into full strength.

Player of the Game

Without even getting a hit, Like Carlin wins today’s Player of the Game. Carlin reached on a fielder’s choice in the 2nd inning, which drove in a run. He stole 2nd base and ended up scoring. With a run, an RBI, and a stolen base, Carlin scored 1.90 points, giving him his first Player of the Game of the season.

Feathers Up

The Indians came out swinging early today. In the first 3 innings of play, everyone in the line up reach base, via hit, walk, or fielder’s choice. Unfortunately, only 3 of those runners scored, but it is nice to see the whole line up contributing.

The Indians continue to be aggressive on the base paths. They added 3 more stolen bases to their season total today, 2 by Jason Kipnis in the 1st inning, and one by Luke Carlin in the 2nd.

Indians pitchers picked off 2 Kansas City runners. Jeanmar Gomez picked off Johnny Giavotella in the 4th inning, and Tony Sipp picked off catcher Bryan Pena in the 7th.

 Feathers Down

Jeanmar Gomez pitched his 2nd bad outing in a row. He pitched just 5 innings today and gave up 5 runs and 10 hits. His loss today gave him his 4th loss of the season.

The Indians lost 2 of 3 against the Royals. They have now dropped to second place in the AL Central.

Play of the Game

Jose Lopez keeps Jeff Francoeur from scoring. 

Final Score: Cleveland Indians 3 – Kansas City Royals 6

Joseph Coblitz

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Joseph is the primary writer and editor of BurningRiverBaseball.com and has been since its inception in 2011. He also writes for The Outside Corner and the Comeback and hosts the Tribe Time Now podcast. He is a graduate of the University of Akron and currently resides in Goodyear, Arizona the Spring Training home of the Cleveland Indians. Follow on twitter @BurningRiverBB