On the back of four home runs, the Royals pounded the Tigers into submission to maintain their 12-game stranglehold on the AL Central. The Tigers dropped to 61-71 on the season, 20 games out of first place.
Randy Wolf took the loss as he allowed eight runs in 3 ⅔ innings, and Guido Knudson allowed the other four. Knudson entered the fourth inning and gave up a home run to Kendrys Morales, which scored two of Wolf's runners. Knudson re-entered in the fifth but couldn't record an out, and served up another home run to Cheslor Cuthbert in the process. Buck Farmer and Tom Gorzelanny managed to finish out the game without drama.
There was some drama early in the game, though, as Ian Kinsler was hit in the back with the first pitch of his first at-bat, which looked awfully suspicious from noted hot-head Yordano Ventura. Salvador Perez was hit by a Wolf "fast"ball in the second inning, and while it had the look of a payback pitch, the game situation cast some doubt as to the intent. Warnings were issued to both benches, but nothing came of it.
In the fourth inning, Miguel Cabrera was ejected after complaining about a couple of questionable strike calls. The only run the Tigers were able to score in his absence came in the sixth inning, after Anthony Gose led off with a triple. He would trot home on Kinsler's groundout.
This season is starting to remind me of the end of Braveheart.
Buck Farmer - ate three innings, allowing only three baserunners. Great job keeping the rest of the bullpen fresh.
Tom Gorzelanny - a 1-2-3 eighth inning with two strikeouts was nice to see from Gorzo tonight.
September - We only have to survive one more month of this awful season.
Randy Wolf - We weren't expecting much beyond an ability to eat a few innings from Wolf, but he wasn't able to manage that tonight. The Tigers need Wolf to get into the fifth and sixth innings.
Guido Knudson - His stat line features more home runs than outs.
The offense - Five hits and a walk, to 12 strikeouts. That won't get it done.
STREAKS AND STATS:
- Knudson is the first reliever since 1914 (!) to give up a home run in each of his first four major-league appearances. He has allowed five dingers in five innings.
WIN PROBABILITY GRAPH: