Tigers pound Royals to take series lead

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 22, 2018

Kyle Hendricks pitched five innings and struck out six, while allowing three runs and five hits without a walk. Castellanos (1), off Duffy; Jones (2), off Boyer.

Tigers starter Mike Fiers surrendered 10 hits (nine of them singles) in 5 1/3 innings. The good news for Tigers fans is that he somehow only gave up two earned runs.

Michael Wacha kept up his strong pitching against Cincinnati, Yadier Molina hit two-run double in the first inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals won to spoil Jim Riggleman's debut as Reds interim manager. He was able to get to multiple two strike counts, but was unable to put Royals hitters away. "When he loses that pitch, he's only got his fastball and slider, and that means he has to be flawless with the slider".

The bullpen was one of many bright spots for Detroit today. Blaine Boyer followed by allowing a run in one inning before Justin Grimm gave up three in just 1/3 of an inning and Burch Smith surrendered two in 1 2/3 innings. From there, Warwick Saupold, coming off a a fresh call-up from Triple A, closed the deal.

The offense was another bright spot for the Tigers.

Detroit rookie first baseman Niko Goodrum dropped Jon Jay's grounder and then made a wild throw, allowing the tiebreaking run to score in the ninth inning as the Kansas City Royals snapped a nine-game losing streak, rallying past the Tigers in the second game of a split doubleheader. Bud Norris picked up his fifth save in five chances despite allowing a two-out RBI single to Alex Blandino, helping the Cardinals won for the sixth time in seven games.

Jake Junis goes eight strong innings for win
Tigers pound Royals to take series lead

The run gave the Tigers a 10-4 lead and provoked great amusement in the Tigers' dugout.

The Royals came back with two of their own in the top of the fourth, thanks to some sloppy Tigers defense. The Tigers couldn't score in the bottom of the ninth and lost the game, 3-2.

That good fortune the Royals have been begging for finally showed up in the nightcap of a doubleheader with the Tigers on Friday night. Drew Butera moved Escobar to third with some solid situational hitting, lofting a flyout to deep right-center.

The Royals' 4-15 start to the season is good for the worst record in the Major League Baseball, with just a.211 winning percentage.

The Tigers amassed 16 hits and eight walks with JaCoby Jones going solo while Nicholas Castellanos going 3-5 with a homer and three runs driven in. The Tigers outfielder pushed his average to.286 on the season.

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