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04/20/2005 Archived Entry: "MLB News:Tribe falls to KC in ninth"
Hit-Parade in Kansas City ends with Castillo's walk-off homer:Cleveland ponders what might have been
By Trent Harrison
When two teams leave 13 runners apiece stranded during a nine-inning ballgame, we really shouldn't expect the game to be any good. But on the contrary, the Indians and the Royals put on a heck of a hitting expo at Kaufmann Stadium yesterday in front of roughly 12,000 fans.
The Indians seemed to be on the right track offensively, getting eleven hits and five runs of starter Denny Bautista( fourteen hits total for the game), but having bases-loaded with no outs twice in the game and coming up empty handed is a good prescription for one in the loss column. DH Travis Hafner and CF Grady Sizemore each went 3-5, with Sizemore collecting two RBI's, and every starter got at least one hit.
For the Royals Mike Sweeney went 3-4 as did Alberto Castillo, who sent a ninth inning pitch from Indian reliever Arthur Rhodes deep to end the ball game. As a team, the Royals chased starter Scott Elarton in the fourth after pounding ten hits off him and finished with 15 hits on the day. MacDougal got the win in relief.
These two teams head out on the road for weekend series, Kansas City will go into Minnesota with a 5-9 record while the Tribe heads west with their 6-8 mark to encounter the Los Angeles Angels.