CLEVELAND—Big game? Not a problem for Big Game James.
Royals starter James Shields (11-9, 3.38 ERA) lived up to his nickname Wednesday afternoon, as he shutdown the Indians offense to two runs on just two hits defeating the Tribe, 6-2. In the rubber match with wild card hopes very much alive for both clubs, Kansas City sneaks out of town winning the final two games of the three-game series.
“We didn’t give up on him, we tried to fight against him,” Indians center fielder Michael Bourn said. “He got a lead there and when he got it, it felt like he was a bulldog out there.”
Both offenses erupted right from the very first inning, but it was the Royals punch that came up with the bigger blow. Left fielder Alex Gordon took Tribe starter Scott Kazmir deep on the very first pitch of the ballgame to give K.C. the lead early.
They weren’t finished, as Drew Stubbs allowed second baseman Emilio Bonifacio to leg out a triple on a ball he missed on a slide attempt in right field. The mistake prov