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Hosmer’s Homer Sinks Salazar and the Indians in Royals 3-1 Win: Three Takeaways From the Setback

After a rain out on Thursday in Detroit, the Indians were back in action on Friday evening in Kansas City against the Royals, but offense must have left their bats in Motown.

The Tribe up against Royals pitcher Jason Hammel, who came into the game with an 0-3 mark and an ERA of 5.53, were held to just one run on four hits, and a huge Eric Hosmer homer was enough for the Royals to pull out a 3-1 win.

The loss drops the Indians to 15-13 on the season, 9-7 away from Progressive Field. Danny Salazar was on cruise control until Hosmer blasted an offering for a two-run blast in the 5th, which in the end turned out to be enough to top the lackluster Indians bats.

Here’s three takeaways from the loss as we look closer into just how the Tribe wasted a good outing from Salazar, and even more so were unable to take advantage of Hammel, to this point hadn’t recorded a win in 2017.

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Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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