It was Baseball Night in America and the Tigers got the nationally televised treatment, complete with two random old men saying nonsense to one another that was occasionally related to the game on the field. These two were to announcing what Delmon Young was to left field. Fortunately, the Tigers came out swinging and two singles from Ian Kinsler and Cameron Maybin put runners at the corners with no outs. A Miguel Cabrera fly out drove in the first run. Maybin advanced to third on an errant throw, and Castellanos reach base when "he" was struck by a pitch (the pitch hit his bat knob). Justin Upton drove Maybin home with a single. Matt Boyd pitched a one-two-three inning and the Tigers left the first inning with a 2-0 lead.
Lorenzo Cain got a leadoff double in the second. A Sal Perez blooper to right field, and some questionable defense from Moya, put runners on the corners with no outs. Boyd did not respond well to the pressure. Kendrys Morales drove a single to left, making it 2-1, Tigers. Boyd fielded a bunt by Orlando and made a poor throw, injuring Miguel Cabrera in the process as he got his arm caught in Orlando's legs. The Tigers played sloppily with poor execution and the Royals tied the game at two. Whit Merrifield drove in two more runs with a double. A grounder to Iglesias mercifully ended the inning, 4-2, Royals.
With Edinson Volquez suddenly un-hittable, Boyd had a much needed bounce-back inning in the third. That would not last. Two doubles in the fourth pushed the Royals to five runs as Boyd's tenure in the rotation looks to be near an end. Fox interviewed Verlander and confirmed that yes, Verlander is the last remaining part of the 2006 team and no, he does not want to discuss the injuries that lead to his struggles in recent years. Verlander spoke during the in-game interview about the passing of time, expressing surprise at how quickly the last ten years went. The tragedy. Matt Boyd gave up another run and Anibal Sanchez took over. Verlander left and his two interviewers droned on and on into the sweet warmth of a June night with summer only a few days away. Anibal Sanchez immediately gave up a run as well, but Escobar was thrown out trying to stretch his single into a double, ending the inning. 7-2, Royals. The Royals added another run in the bottom of the sixth and Brad Ausmus watched it all, his hair graying.
In the top of the seventh, the Tigers struck back. After a Nick Castellanos single, Justin Upton launched a home run. Moya hit a double and Iglesias drove him home, bringing the Tigers within three at 8-5. The announcers failed to pronounce anyone's name correctly and Hochevar relieved Volquez. This being the Royals bullpen, the inning promptly ended.
The Tigers bullpen is different, however. Blaine Hardy gave up a leadoff double to Eric Hosmer and Brad went back to the pen, picking Alex Wilson. The Tigers issued an intentional walk to Sal Perez, and Morales hit a two-run double. Orlando doubled as well, icing the game. 11-5, Royals. Mark Lowe came in to give up runs as well, allowing four runs in the bottom of the eighth. Andrew Romine came in and literally pitched better than Mark Lowe. His fastball started in the mid 80's, but as he warmed up he got to 88 and even hit 89 mph. He issued two walks, so Romine will have to work on his command if he wants to became a late innings factor for the Tigers, but the two groundouts were promising indeed. Wade Davis came in to beat the proverbial dead horse and the game ended 16-5, Royals.
Justin Upton: Upton had a nice night with two hits, a walk, and three runs batted in.
Miguel Cabrera: Miguel had two hits and a sac fly.
Andrew Romine: The only true Tigers highlight of this game was Romine's gutsy performance.
Matt Boyd: The young Tiger was very bad tonight. He went three and two-thirds innings, giving up eight hits and seven earned runs with one strikeout.
The Bullpen: Boyd was bad, the bullpen wasn't much better.
STREAKS AND STATS:
- The Royals had twenty hits (too many) seven of them doubles (also too many)
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