CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Indians defeated the Kansas City Royals in walk-off fashion, winning 2-1 on Brandon Guyer’s RBI single to the right field corner.
Here is what you need to know about Tuesday’s victory:
* Brandon Guyer delivered the walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth off righty Joakim Soria to lift Cleveland to the 2-1 win. The walk-off base hit was the first of any kind in the right-handed hitter’s MLB career.
* The Indians’ 11th walk-off win is the most in the Majors. Cleveland has had nine different players contribute walk-off plate appearances in 2016.
* Josh Tomlin gave the Indians 6 2/3 quality innings, allowing just two runs on five hits, striking out three. The righty has now worked 12 2/3 frames over his last three appearances, yielding just a pair of runs (1.42 ERA) on 10 hits.
* Carlos Santana hit his 33rd homer of the season with a third-inning solo shot off Edinson Volquez. The round-tripper was the 150th of the switch-hitter’s career and seventh of the campaign on the first pitch of an at-bat.
* Center fielder Tyler Naquin recorded his fourth outfield assist of the season by throwing out Kendrys Morales trying to stretch a single into a double to lead off the top of the second inning.
* Mike Napoli became the Indians’ all-time single-season strikeout leader, punching out for the 186th time this season. Kansas City’s Kelvin Herrera got the right-handed slugger swinging in the eighth inning.
Guyer on his RBI single staying fair: “I’m glad it stayed fair because it would have been a little weird if it was foul and I had to go back, all the Gatorade on me and stuff and clean up the field and the cups. That would have been really awkward and weird.”
Manager Terry Francona on Guyer’s walk-off single, which just evaded the glove of a diving Paulo Orlando in right field: “I thought he was going to catch it. And then when it fell, I wanted to have fun, but you kind of knew it was going to get challenged because you can’t see from where I was.”
Tomlin on putting together back-to-back solid outings: “It feels good to be able to contribute and try to help this team win. I know I put them in a tough spot for [a few] starts before these last two. My job now is to look forward and try to go as many innings as I possibly can and try to keep this team in contention, and keep them in the game as long as I can, because that offense is really good, the defense is really good.”
Reliever Andrew Miller on the team’s nine different walk-off heroes: “It’s so much fun, but I just hope nobody gets hurt. It seems like they beat the hell out of whoever it is that gets the big hit. But it’s just exciting. The fans get into it. Hopefully it’s a sign of things to come.”
The three-game series between the Indians and Royals will continue with a matchup of right-handers on Wednesday night. Corey Kluber (17-9, 3.12) will square off with KC’s Ian Kennedy (11-9, 3.60) in the middle game of the set. First pitch is set for 7:10 p.m. ET.