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There’s a saying in baseball: if you’re going to lose, lose quick. Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes after Cleveland Indians pitcher Corey Kluber threw the first pitch of the game to Nori Aoki, he threw the last pitch of the game to Alex Gordon. Kluber is another sinker/slider guy and one look at the scorebook tells you he had the sinker working on Thursday; only two fly ball outs. The Royals were either pounding the ball in the ground or striking out for most of the day.
Kluber was also efficient; 15 pitches per inning is about normal—after three innings Kluber had thrown 34. It got worse; after five innings Kluber had thrown 55 pitches. 11 pitches per inning mean the starter can throw a complete game. When a pitcher is dealing, one of the strategies is to make him work, run his pitch count up, get him out of there and take a shot at the bullpen—maybe one of them will have a bad day.
The Royals were never able to make Kluber work hard and after he got a five-run lead in the fifth inning it only got worse. The Royals were taking pitches, but Kluber was pounding the strike zone. If the Royals took a strike they were falling behind in the count and of the five Royals who didn’t take at least one called strike after the fifth inning, only one of them—Omar Infante—got a hit. Corey Kluber threw a complete game in 101 pitches and beat the Royals 5-1.
By LEE JUDGE. 2 minutes ago