Mr. Comeback: Brantley leads Indians to 3-2 win over Royals

1 year 4 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, April 07 2018 Apr 7, 2018 Saturday, April 07, 2018 7:41:51 AM CDT April 07, 2018 in Sports
By: The Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley has perfected the comeback season. Now he has to master completing one.

Brantley singled home two runs on the first pitch of his first at-bat this season, and Carlos Carrasco worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 3-2 win in their chilly home opener over the Kansas City Royals on Friday.

Brantley missed Cleveland's first six games while on the disabled list recovering from offseason ankle surgery. But just hours after being activated, the two-time All-Star who has overcome injuries the past two seasons, delivered in the first inning against Danny Duffy (0-2), who managed to hang around until the sixth.

It was an ideal start for the 30-year-old, who means as much to the Indians as any player on their roster.

"He's an easy guy to bet on," manager Terry Francona said. "I could give you pages and pages of why. He's the heart and soul of our team. He does everything the way you're supposed to. If people saw the way he works to get healthy, it would be hard to bet against him or to ever want to bet against him."

Following devastating, disappointing finishes the past two postseasons, the Indians are hoping this is the year they end a 70-year World Series title drought, baseball's longest. Brantley is a major part of those plans, but he needs to stay healthy after being limited to 101 games the past two seasons.

Brantley has learned one major lesson from his injuries.

"Be patient," said Brantley, who hit a walk-off single to win last year's home opener. "Understand that I'm listening to my body and understand exactly what's going on and how I feel every day and make sure I'm being honest with myself and with this team. I'm feeling good right now. I'll wake up tomorrow and we get to do it again.

"That's all I'm looking forward to, one day at a time, playing as many games as I can."

Carrasco (2-0) gave up two runs in the first inning, but settled in. The right-hander retired 13 straight before running into trouble in the sixth, when the Royals loaded the bases with one put. Carrasco then struck out Lucas Duda looking and retired Cheslor Cuthbert on a liner.

Nick Goody worked the seventh, Andrew Miller put two on then struck out the side in the eighth, and Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his second save.

Francona joked about Miller's ability to escape self-inflicted jams.

"Like he's his own reliever," Francona said. "Once he has to start attacking, it's like he gets better. That's a good feeling. Not too often you look up and it's first and second, and you're just not too sure they're going to score. A lot of times, that's not a good recipe, but with him you're like, 'I think we're going to be OK.'"

The Indians, who didn't hit while blowing a 2-0 lead to New York in the AL Division Series last October, came in batting a league-low .161. They only got four hits, but that was enough thanks to Carrasco and their top-flight bullpen.

The Royals dropped to 3-16 in Cleveland since May 8, 2016.

Down 2-0 in the first, the Indians benefited from Duffy's early wildness to score three times.

The left-hander, possibly bothered by the bitter, blustery weather conditions, walked Francisco Lindor and Jason Kipnis before Jose Ramirez dribbled an RBI single through the middle. After Duffy's third walk, Brantley dropped his single into right.

"The first inning really hurt us, and I've got to be better than that, man," Duffy said. "Two games in a row, my team has given me a lead and I've let it go. That's a bummer."

WELCOME BACK

Rajai Davis received a huge ovation from Cleveland's fans during pregame introductions. Davis, who hit a game-tying homer in the eighth inning of Game 7 in the 2016 World Series, re-signed with the club this winter.

Davis doubled in three at-bats.

CHILLING OUT

The Royals have played a league-low five games, thanks to two weather postponements. But manager Ned Yost isn't fretting about their erratic workload. "You can't do anything to change it, so it's as difficult as you want to make it," he said. "You just try to go with the flow the best you can."

Saturday's forecast calls for temperatures in the low 30s.

SORRY SOLER

Kansas City right fielder Jorge Soler went hitless in three at-bats, making him 0 for 34 dating back to last season. He did draw a walk off Allen in the ninth.

UP NEXT

Kansas City RHP Ian Kennedy (0-0, 1.50 ERA) takes on Cleveland RHP Trevor Bauer (0-0, 3.60 ERA) in the second game of the series Saturday. Kennedy is winless in his last five starts against the Indians. Bauer pitched five innings in his first start.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - After five years of a growing business, Peggy Jean's Pies is moving to a new location. With... More >>
51 minutes ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 8:05:00 PM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
ASHLAND - After Gov. Mike Parson called for the state legislature to convene in a special session to discuss a... More >>
2 hours ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 6:46:00 PM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A defense attorney is seeking a psychiatric exam for the semi driver charged with causing a highway... More >>
4 hours ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 4:06:00 PM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
LAKE OF THE OZARKS — Missouri Highway patrol Troop F tweeted a search is underway for a man who went... More >>
5 hours ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 3:50:00 PM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa-based grocery chain says it's aware of reports that hacked customer account information is... More >>
6 hours ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 2:23:00 PM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Westbound I-70 has reopened after a crash at Stadium Boulevard Saturday afternoon brought traffic to a standstill. ... More >>
7 hours ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 1:50:00 PM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Participants raised $83,988 for the Columbia Walk to Defeat ALS on Saturday. In its 12th year, the... More >>
7 hours ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 1:48:00 PM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A butterfly mural has appeared in a Columbia alley and has become a new photo destination. Children's... More >>
9 hours ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 11:35:00 AM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Four years after student protesters denouncing a racist campus culture and demanding a more diverse faculty... More >>
10 hours ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 10:26:00 AM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police say an 8-year-old girl has been killed and three others injured in a shooting near... More >>
10 hours ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 10:12:00 AM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP)— Two former state lawmakers have been appointed to the Missouri commission that regulates casinos, fantasy sports... More >>
16 hours ago Saturday, August 24 2019 Aug 24, 2019 Saturday, August 24, 2019 4:35:00 AM CDT August 24, 2019 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police and the U.S. Marshals Service have found and taken into custody two people... More >>
1 day ago Friday, August 23 2019 Aug 23, 2019 Friday, August 23, 2019 7:22:00 PM CDT August 23, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A scare over a recent Facebook threat has a neighborhood rethinking the safety of their children. ... More >>
1 day ago Friday, August 23 2019 Aug 23, 2019 Friday, August 23, 2019 3:43:00 PM CDT August 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Forty-five cats, two birds, and three dogs are currently being housed at the Central Humane Society after a... More >>
1 day ago Friday, August 23 2019 Aug 23, 2019 Friday, August 23, 2019 3:36:00 PM CDT August 23, 2019 in News
FULTON – Students at Westminster College are getting some high tech help from the school: free iPads and Apple Pencils.... More >>
1 day ago Friday, August 23 2019 Aug 23, 2019 Friday, August 23, 2019 2:48:00 PM CDT August 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA- People in Boone and Callaway Counties have been receiving calls from people saying they need to pay money for... More >>
1 day ago Friday, August 23 2019 Aug 23, 2019 Friday, August 23, 2019 2:31:00 PM CDT August 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A tweet with video showing what appears to someone throwing something at a downtown church prompted police to... More >>
1 day ago Friday, August 23 2019 Aug 23, 2019 Friday, August 23, 2019 2:18:00 PM CDT August 23, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Gov. Mike Parson tweeted about a big campaign announcement on his personal Twitter account Friday. ... More >>
1 day ago Friday, August 23 2019 Aug 23, 2019 Friday, August 23, 2019 1:19:00 PM CDT August 23, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 72°
9pm 70°
10pm 69°
11pm 68°
12am 67°