First, it took a superb leadoff bunt single by Francisco Lindor off Ryan Madson to break up the no-hitter, but after another Brantley walk the Tribe looked to be in decent shape.
“Last night he got a call that they had taken his dad to the hospital and he wasn’t doing good”, Royals manager Ned Yost said.
Cleveland Indians’ Michael Brantley runs back to first past Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer as Hosmer throws to home for the out on Francisco Lindor after he tried to score on a line out by Lonnie Chisenhall during the seventh inning of a baseball game Sunday, September 27, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. Were trying to win a game, Indians manager Terry Francona said.
A confusing play in the top of the seventh led to two challenges (one by Yost and another by the crew chief). “I thought it was a very good bunt”. He allowed just one run on four hits through seven innings on May 31, but took a no-decision in what turned into a 2-1 loss in 11 innings.
“I was a little bit surprised”, Yost said.
Indians relievers Zach McAllister (4-4), Jeff Manship, Kyle Crockett and Bryan Shaw held the Royals hitless over the final 51/3 innings.
Brantley ended Young’s flawless run out of the gates at 11 batters by drawing a walk with two outs in the fourth. Replays showed Lindor did not retreat all the way to third, resulting in an inning-ending out that robbed the Tribe of its first run.
DH Kendrys Morales suffered a bruised right ankle after he was hit by a pitch in eighth inning on Saturday.
Royals: RHP Yordano Ventura will start Monday at Wrigley Field, a makeup of a May 30 rainout against the Cubs.
The Indians (77-77) saw their three-game winning streak end.
The Royals will likely have problems with Indians starter Danny Salazar no matter who hits. “I didn’t give us a chance to win”.
A day after clinching the NL East title for their first postseason berth since 2006, the Mets rested their regulars but still completed the first season sweep by either team since New York started play in 1962, going 7-0 against Cincinnati.
Shin-Soo Choo homered as Texas beat Houston for the eighth straight time and extended its A.L. West lead over the Astros to 41/2 games.
Young, making his first start since July 28 after nearly two months in the bullpen, pitched five innings Sunday. They no longer control their own destiny for home-field advantage throughout the AL playoffs. However, three consecutive hits (an infield single by Cain, a Hosmer RBI double and a single by Perez) put him in a deep hole.