Had Tyler Naquin not played in the Cleveland Indians’ series finale against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday night, the game might still be going.
However, he returned to his earned role as the team’s everyday right fielder, knocking in all five runs in the Tribe’s 5-0 victory.
Naquin opened and closed the game with a pair of home runs, with a two-run shot in the second and a three-run dinger in the ninth. It was all the offense Cleveland needed, thanks to a solid night on the mound from rookie pitcher Triston McKenzie.
Sure, Naquin wasn’t the only Indians player earning accolades Wednesday night.
Francisco Lindor went 3-for-4 with a double, notching his second straight multi-hit game. Two batters later in the lineup, Franmil Reyes continued his absolutely torrid pace at the plate with three singles of his own. Overall, he collected ten hits across the three game set against Kansas City.
It was an undoubtedly strong finish to a series Cleveland kicked off unimpressively. Here are a few more observations from the win.