Yup, that’s right. The Cleveland Indians scored ten runs in an inning. They went on to beat the KC Royals, 15-3.
The ten run inning in the fifth made a relatively well-pitched game UGLY.
Shin-Soo Choo doubled to lead off the inning, stole second base, and scored on Jason Kipnis‘ RBI double. After a bunt single by Asdrubal Cabrera and a coaching visit, Hochevar struck out Lonnie Chisenhall. But then Jack Hannahan singled in a run and Brent Lillibridge walked to load the bases.
Casey Kotchman grounded into a force out to drive in another run and Marson walked again to load the bases. On the very next pitch, Hochevar hit Jason Donald to drive in a run and Choo followed with a two-run single to chase Hochevar from the game.
In came lefty Everett Teaford, who didn’t fare any better in the inning. He walked he first batter he faced, Kipnis, on four pitches. Cabrera followed with a grand slam to cap the Indians scoring.
Let’s recap the 5th inning:
The Indians sent 13 men to the plate. They scored ten runs. They collected six hits. The Royals two pitchers walked three hitters while hitting another.
The Royals actually got two of those runs back in the top of the 6th inning on Alex Gordon‘s homerun. But it was a little too late.
Jeremy Jeffress had another rough outing on Sunday. In the 7th inning, he allowed two runs on pinch-hitter Matt LaPorta‘s double. In the eighth, he allowed four straight singles with one out that drove in another run. That chased him from the game and brought in Louis Coleman. He wild pitched a run in.
The Royals finish up the 2012 season with the Detroit Tigers heading to Kauffman Stadium. They could play spoiler for the Tigers, but they have a three game lead in the American League Central over Chicago with three games to go.
*The injuries keep piling up as the 2012 season is coming to an end. Third baseman Mike Moustakas left the game with groin tightness. He says he’s okay.