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Indians win home opener as Brantley makes clutch hit in debut

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CLEVELAND, OH – APRIL 06: Cleveland Indians left fielder Michael Brantley (23) warms up prior to the Major League Baseball home opener between the Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians on April 6, 2018, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Cleveland Indians needed to get home after a rough start on the West Coast and being home in Cleveland seems like it’s just what the doctor ordered.

 

And by doctor, I mean Dr. Smooth.

Michael Brantley delivered a game deciding two-run single in the bottom of the first and that was just enough for the Indians to beat the Royals in the home opener by a final of 3-2.

The ball club held Brantley back for a week after camp broke to make sure he was completely ready to join the major league squad following offseason ankle surgery.

He looked ready in that at bat which was a bloop single into right field which drove in Jason Kipnis and Jose Ramirez to give the Indians a lead and they never looked back.

The inning got started when Danny Duffy walked Lindor and Kipnis to start the inning. Ramirez singled into centerfield to drive in Lindor. Duffy then walked Encarnacion to load up the bases to give Brantley his moment for the second home opener in a row.

After the offense delivered, Carlos Carrasco settled in after a rocky first inning to go six innings to pick up his second win of the season. Carrasco gave up three hits and two runs in the first inning but after that, Carrasco only gave up two hits and one walk in his final five innings. He also had four strikeouts.

Nick Goody, Andrew Miller and Cody Allen came in after Carrasco and slammed the down shut on the Royals offense giving up two hits and two walks but also struck out five batters in the final three innings of play.

The two teams will get back on Progressive Field on Saturday at 4:10 pm with Trevor Bauer on the mound for Cleveland and Ian Kennedy taking the mound for Kansas City.

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