When The Rally Squirrel finally made it into the Indians' bullpen around mid-game Monday night, reliever Cody Allen was, well, relieved. "I didn't want Bournie (Michael Bourn) going back on a ball in center field and look down and see a squirrel," said Allen. "I don't think they can review that play. The transfer rule doesn't cover it." Not only did The Rally Squirrel return to Progressive Field after a hiatus of several years, but so did Jason Giambi, fresh off the disabled list. That took care of the aura department, while Zach McAllister, Michael Brantley and Jason Kipnis took care of everything else in the Indians' 4-3 victory over Kansas City. McAllister (3-0, 2.28) was easing into his night’s work when the squirrel bolted in front of the mound in the second inning. The game was delayed for a couple of minutes before the squirrel sprinted into the outfield, but not before ignoring an invitation of safe harbor inside Nick Swisher's first baseman's glove. "That's the first time I've seen a squirrel delay," said McAllister. Said Swisher, "That squirrel was well feed and he could move." In winning his third straight decision, McAllister allowed three runs, two earned. In his last three starts, he's allowed three earned runs in 19 2/3 innings. "I've been doing a pretty good job of keeping the ball down," said McAllister, 2-2 lifetime against Royals. "But really, I'm just trying to execute pitches. I'm just trying to get three outs." Brantley and Kipnis gave McAllister all the support he needed with a pair of two-run homers. In the fourth, Brantley gave the Indians a 2-0 lead with his fourth homer of the season and second in as many days. After Kipnis opened the inning with a double, Brantley hit a 2-1 pitch from Jeremy Guthrie (2-1, 4.68) over the right field fence.
Zach McAllister goes six innings as Cleveland Indians beat Royals, 4-3
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Apr 22