Kipnis' inside-the-park HR sends Indians past Royals, 12-5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Jason Kipnis had been mired in such a batting slump that the Indians second baseman had resorted to watching old film of himself, trying to discover what had changed in the past couple years.

He finally noticed a subtle, almost imperceptible difference in his hand position, so he rolled up a magazine and began mimicking his old swing in his hotel room. And while it felt a bit odd, and looked just as goofy, Kipnis nevertheless went to sleep feeling as if something had finally clicked.

Did it ever.

Kipnis proceeded to club four hits and drive in four runs Sunday, the big shot an inside-the-park homer in the ninth inning, to lead Cleveland's 12-5 rout of the Kansas City Royals.

''Obviously every day I've been working to snap out of it. It's been ugly to watch and worse to go out there,'' said Kipnis, who is still hitting just .223 this season. ''I came in with better spirits and said, `Let's see where it goes from here.'''

Kipnis nearly went 5 for 5, but a baserunning mix-up by Melky Cabrera on his flyball in the second resulted in a fielder's choice. Kipnis later had a pair of singles and a double before the homer.

''He swung the bat very well,'' Indians manager Terry Francona said, ''and I'll tell you what, what a lift that would give us. He's showed flashes, but if he could get hot, what a lift it would be.''

Shane Bieber (8-2) allowed four runs for Cleveland - on homers by Whit Merrifield, Salvador Perez and Lucas Duda. He departed after allowing six hits and striking out seven in 5 1/3 innings, but it was still enough for the AL Central-leading Indians to improve to 10-1 when facing a series sweep.

Right-hander Jorge Lopez (0-4) allowed five runs, all in the fourth inning, on five hits and three walks for Kansas City. He was lifted after throwing 79 pitches in just four innings.

''You give a chance to your guys when you go deep in a game and I couldn't do it today. I need to get better for sure,'' Lopez said. ''We'll see about going forward from this start.''

The Royals, who had snapped their own five-game skid Friday night, looked as if they'd keep their momentum going when Merrifield took Bieber deep to left field leading off the game.

It was his fifth career leadoff homer and second this year.

But the Indians answered with their big fourth inning, when six consecutive batters reached on four hits and a pair of walks. And after Perez went deep in the bottom half, the Indians added two more runs on Francisco Lindor's two-out single in the sixth to add to their cushion.

Edwin Encarnacion continued the offensive outburst - which came after the Indians were held to one run on five hits on Saturday night - when he took Royals reliever Jake Newberry deep in the eighth.

''It's been a tough trip for a lot of guys, but they're going to be OK,'' Francona said. ''We needed to find a way today, whether it was ugly or whatever, and we did that.''

O'HEARN IN LF

Royals 1B/DH Ryan O'Hearn got the start in left field, the first time he's played the outfield in the big leagues. O'Hearn played 13 games there at Triple-A Omaha this season, and manager Ned Yost said the move was designed to ''find a way to keep his bat in there.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Indians: RHP Cody Anderson (Tommy John surgery) struck out two in a scoreless inning Saturday night for the club's Arizona League team. It was his first game since September 2016. ''No red flags or anything,'' Francona said. ... OF Brandon Guyer is getting a couple days off after getting hit where the foot meets the ankle, or as Francona called it, the ''fankle.''

Royals: RHP Ian Kennedy (left oblique strain) threw 60 pitches last Friday without any problems and expects to make a rehab start Wednesday, Yost said. ... OF Jorge Soler (fractured left toe) will begin a rehab assignment in the next couple of days, but even then he is unlikely to play in the outfield. ''I don't think so,'' Yost said. ''DH him some, give him some at-bats, make sure he's ready to go for spring training, which he will be.''

UP NEXT

The Indians and Royals will both take Monday off before beginning their next series. Cleveland is back home to face Minnesota with Carlos Carrasco (15-7, 3.55 ERA) on the mound, and Kansas City begins a five-game trip to Detroit and Baltimore with Jakob Junis (6-12, 4.70 ERA) getting the first start.

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  • W: S. Bieber (8-2)L: J. Lopez (0-4)
  • HR: CLE - E. Encarnacion (28), J. Kipnis (12), KC - L. Duda (13), S. Perez (23), W. Merrifield (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
F. Lindor SS61220012.286.363.530.8944.5
M. Brantley LF50200102.301.358.466.8243.0
J. Ramirez 3B50000025.290.403.6061.009-1.0
E. Encarnacion DH42121121.231.317.474.7918.0
Y. Alonso 1B51100010.248.312.445.7572.5
Y. Diaz 1B00000000.333.360.417.7770.0
M. Cabrera RF24210300.280.333.453.78710.0
J. Kipnis 2B53441001.223.310.359.66917.0
E. Gonzalez 2B00000000.284.320.405.7250.0
R. Perez C21000201.154.244.228.4723.0
G. Allen CF50120004.254.290.332.6224.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B52211003.307.374.441.8159.0
    A. Gordon RF41100011.239.320.349.6682.5
    S. Perez DH41111022.233.272.437.7095.0
    L. Duda 1B41231010.242.311.415.7268.5
    H. Dozier 3B40000011.214.271.342.613-0.5
    R. O'Hearn LF30000120.242.319.581.8990.0
    A. Escobar SS40200000.214.265.298.5633.0
    B. Phillips CF40100033.185.257.304.562-0.5
    D. Butera C40000004.179.253.269.5220.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - Y. Alonso (18), J. Kipnis (22), G. Allen (6)
      • HR - E. Encarnacion (28), J. Kipnis (12)
      • SH - R. Perez (6)
      • RBI - F. Lindor 2 (78), E. Encarnacion 2 (87), M. Cabrera (27), J. Kipnis 4 (53), G. Allen 2 (13)
      • 2-Out RBI - F. Lindor 2 (20), E. Encarnacion 2 (34), J. Kipnis (19)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Brantley 2 (2), J. Ramirez 2 (2), E. Encarnacion, R. Perez, G. Allen 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Merrifield (35), A. Gordon (16), A. Escobar (19)
      • HR - W. Merrifield (10), S. Perez (23), L. Duda (13)
      • RBI - W. Merrifield (47), S. Perez (65), L. Duda 3 (48)
      • 2-Out RBI - L. Duda (24)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield 3 (3), H. Dozier, B. Phillips
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Kipnis (6)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Lindor-Kipnis-Alonso)
      • E - J. Ramirez (8)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - B. Phillips (3)
      • DP - (Duda)
      • E - L. Duda (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Bieber (W, 8-2)5.16440734.521.3415.5
      O. Perez (H, 10)1.10000201.170.614.0
      A. Cimber0.10000003.651.220.0
      A. Miller1.02110003.381.290.0
      C. Allen1.01001104.421.311.5
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Bieber (W, 8-2)5.1
      O. Perez (H, 10)1.1
      A. Cimber0.1
      A. Miller1.0
      C. Allen1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Lopez (L, 0-4)4.05553404.861.65-4.0
      B. Smith2.25332206.531.61-3.0
      K. McCarthy0.10000003.471.280.0
      J. Newberry1.02221013.861.50-2.0
      B. Maurer1.01221018.642.24-1.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Lopez (L, 0-4)4.0
      B. Smith2.2
      K. McCarthy0.1
      J. Newberry1.0
      B. Maurer1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 84-59, O. Perez 15-11, A. Cimber 4-3, A. Miller 21-13, C. Allen 26-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 5-4, O. Perez 1-1, A. Miller 1-2, C. Allen 1-1
      • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 22, O. Perez 4, A. Cimber, A. Miller 5, C. Allen 5
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Lopez (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lopez 79-48, B. Smith 54-25, K. McCarthy 3-3, J. Newberry 17-10, B. Maurer 24-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lopez 4-4, B. Smith 4-2, K. McCarthy 1-0, B. Maurer 3-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Lopez 20, B. Smith 15, K. McCarthy, J. Newberry 5, B. Maurer 6
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      F. Lindor SS61220012.286.363.530.8944.5
      M. Brantley LF50200102.301.358.466.8243.0
      J. Ramirez 3B50000025.290.403.6061.009-1.0
      E. Encarnacion DH42121121.231.317.474.7918.0
      Y. Alonso 1B51100010.248.312.445.7572.5
      Y. Diaz 1B00000000.333.360.417.7770.0
      M. Cabrera RF24210300.280.333.453.78710.0
      J. Kipnis 2B53441001.223.310.359.66917.0
      E. Gonzalez 2B00000000.284.320.405.7250.0
      R. Perez C21000201.154.244.228.4723.0
      G. Allen CF50120004.254.290.332.6224.0
      Total3912131127616-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield 2B52211003.307.374.441.8159.0
        A. Gordon RF41100011.239.320.349.6682.5
        S. Perez DH41111022.233.272.437.7095.0
        L. Duda 1B41231010.242.311.415.7268.5
        H. Dozier 3B40000011.214.271.342.613-0.5
        R. O'Hearn LF30000120.242.319.581.8990.0
        A. Escobar SS40200000.214.265.298.5633.0
        B. Phillips CF40100033.185.257.304.562-0.5
        D. Butera C40000004.179.253.269.5220.0
        Total36595311014-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - Y. Alonso (18), J. Kipnis (22), G. Allen (6)
          • HR - E. Encarnacion (28), J. Kipnis (12)
          • SH - R. Perez (6)
          • RBI - F. Lindor 2 (78), E. Encarnacion 2 (87), M. Cabrera (27), J. Kipnis 4 (53), G. Allen 2 (13)
          • 2-Out RBI - F. Lindor 2 (20), E. Encarnacion 2 (34), J. Kipnis (19)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Brantley 2 (2), J. Ramirez 2 (2), E. Encarnacion, R. Perez, G. Allen 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Merrifield (35), A. Gordon (16), A. Escobar (19)
          • HR - W. Merrifield (10), S. Perez (23), L. Duda (13)
          • RBI - W. Merrifield (47), S. Perez (65), L. Duda 3 (48)
          • 2-Out RBI - L. Duda (24)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - W. Merrifield 3 (3), H. Dozier, B. Phillips
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Kipnis (6)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Lindor-Kipnis-Alonso)
          • E - J. Ramirez (8)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - B. Phillips (3)
          • DP - (Duda)
          • E - L. Duda (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Bieber (W, 8-2)5.16440734.521.3415.5
          O. Perez (H, 10)1.10000201.170.614.0
          A. Cimber0.10000003.651.220.0
          A. Miller1.02110003.381.290.0
          C. Allen1.01001104.421.311.5
          Total9.09551103---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Bieber (W, 8-2)5.1
          O. Perez (H, 10)1.1
          A. Cimber0.1
          A. Miller1.0
          C. Allen1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Lopez (L, 0-4)4.05553404.861.65-4.0
          B. Smith2.25332206.531.61-3.0
          K. McCarthy0.10000003.471.280.0
          J. Newberry1.02221013.861.50-2.0
          B. Maurer1.01221018.642.24-1.0
          Total9.0131212762---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Lopez (L, 0-4)4.0
          B. Smith2.2
          K. McCarthy0.1
          J. Newberry1.0
          B. Maurer1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Bieber 84-59, O. Perez 15-11, A. Cimber 4-3, A. Miller 21-13, C. Allen 26-17
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Bieber 5-4, O. Perez 1-1, A. Miller 1-2, C. Allen 1-1
          • Batters Faced - S. Bieber 22, O. Perez 4, A. Cimber, A. Miller 5, C. Allen 5
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Lopez (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Lopez 79-48, B. Smith 54-25, K. McCarthy 3-3, J. Newberry 17-10, B. Maurer 24-16
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Lopez 4-4, B. Smith 4-2, K. McCarthy 1-0, B. Maurer 3-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Lopez 20, B. Smith 15, K. McCarthy, J. Newberry 5, B. Maurer 6
          • 9TH INNING
            Kipnis homered to right, Cabrera scored125
          • 8TH INNING
            Duda singled to shallow center, Merrifield scored105
            Encarnacion homered to left center, Lindor scored104
          • 7TH INNING
            Kipnis doubled to deep center, Cabrera scored84
          • 6TH INNING
            Duda homered to right, Gordon scored74
            Lindor singled to right, Cabrera and Kipnis scored72
          • 4TH INNING
            Perez homered to left center52
            Perez scored, Allen to third on wild pitch51
            Allen doubled to shallow left, Cabrera and Kipnis scored, Perez to third41
            Kipnis singled to center, Alonso scored, Cabrera to second21
            Cabrera singled to right, Encarnacion scored, Alonso to third11
          • 1ST INNING
            Merrifield homered to left center01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Brandon Maurer relieved Jake Newberry
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Kipnis homered to right, Cabrera scored
            • R. Perez: Strike looking, Perez grounded out to shortstop
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Ball, Allen safe at first on 1st baseman Duda fielding error
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Lindor grounded out to second, Allen to second
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Brantley fouled out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • Erik Gonzalez at second base
            • Yandy Diaz at first base
            • Cody Allen relieved Andrew Miller
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, O'Hearn walked
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Escobar singled to left, O'Hearn to second
            • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Phillips struck out swinging
            • D. Butera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Butera popped out to third
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike looking, Merrifield grounded out to second
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Jake Newberry relieved Kevin McCarthy
            • F. Lindor: Lindor singled to left
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Brantley walked, Lindor to second
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ramirez lined into double play first, Brantley out at first
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Ball, Encarnacion homered to left center, Lindor scored
            • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Alonso popped out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Andrew Miller relieved Adam Cimber
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield doubled to deep left
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gordon flied out to center
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Perez flied out to deep right, Merrifield to third
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Duda singled to shallow center, Merrifield scored
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Dozier grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Duda out at second
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • B. Smith Pitching:
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Encarnacion flied out to center
            • Y. Alonso: Alonso grounded out to second
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Kipnis doubled to deep center, Cabrera scored
            • R. Perez: Ball, Ball, Kipnis stole third, Ball, Ball, Perez walked
            • Kevin McCarthy relieved Burch Smith
            • G. Allen: Foul, Strike looking, Allen grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Perez out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • O. Perez Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Escobar grounded out to third
            • B. Phillips: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Phillips struck out looking
            • Adam Cimber relieved Oliver Perez
            • D. Butera: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Butera flied out to center
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • B. Smith Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera singled to left
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Kipnis singled to left, Cabrera to second
            • R. Perez: Perez hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Cabrera to third, Kipnis to second
            • G. Allen: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Allen grounded out to second
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lindor singled to right, Cabrera and Kipnis scored
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Brantley singled to left, Lindor to second
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Gordon doubled to deep right
            • S. Perez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Perez struck out looking
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Duda homered to right, Gordon scored
            • Oliver Perez relieved Shane Bieber
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier flied out to deep right
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, O'Hearn struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • Burch Smith relieved Jorge Lopez
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez flied out to deep center
            • E. Encarnacion: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Alonso struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Escobar safe at first on 3rd baseman Ramirez fielding error
            • B. Phillips: Phillips singled to right, Escobar to second
            • D. Butera: Strike swinging, Butera grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Escobar to third, Phillips out at second
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Merrifield lined out to left
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Lopez Pitching:
            • J. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • E. Encarnacion: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Encarnacion walked
            • Y. Alonso: Ball, Ball, Foul, Alonso doubled to right center, Encarnacion to third
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera singled to right, Encarnacion scored, Alonso to third
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Kipnis singled to center, Alonso scored, Cabrera to second
            • R. Perez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Perez walked, Cabrera to third, Kipnis to second
            • G. Allen: Strike looking, Allen doubled to shallow left, Cabrera and Kipnis scored, Perez to third
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Perez scored, Allen to third on wild pitch, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lindor struck out swinging
            • M. Brantley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Brantley grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (5 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Perez homered to left center
            • L. Duda: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Duda struck out looking
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Dozier grounded out to shortstop
            • R. O'Hearn: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, O'Hearn grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Lopez Pitching:
            • G. Allen: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Allen grounded out to second
            • F. Lindor: Strike looking, Lindor flied out to deep center
            • M. Brantley: Brantley grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • D. Butera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Butera grounded out to third
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield flied out to deep center
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Lopez Pitching:
            • Y. Alonso: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Alonso flied out to deep left
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked
            • J. Kipnis: Ball, Kipnis reached on fielder's choice to center, Cabrera out at second
            • R. Perez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Perez flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • R. O'Hearn: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, O'Hearn struck out looking
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Escobar doubled to deep left
            • B. Phillips: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Phillips struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Lopez Pitching:
            • F. Lindor: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Lindor flied out to deep right
            • M. Brantley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Brantley singled to right center
            • J. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
            • E. Encarnacion: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Encarnacion struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Bieber Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Merrifield homered to left center
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gordon flied out to left
            • S. Perez: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Perez struck out on foul tip
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Duda lined out to center
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)