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Royals 3, Tigers 2: Tigers come up short in home finale

The Tigers couldn’t get the bats going against Kansas City’s Brad Keller.

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For the final time in 2018, the Detroit Tigers took the field at Comerica Park. In their eighth one-run game against the Kansas City Royals this year, they fell short of a last-second rally by a final score of 3-2.

Down 3-1 entering the ninth inning, the Tigers began a rally. With Wily Peralta on the mound to close the game out for the Royals, Niko Goodrum singled to lead off the inning. Mikie Mahtook flew out, but Ronny Rodriguez followed him with a single of his own and Grayson Greiner drew a one-out walk. In a 3-1 game, with the bases loaded and one batter out in the bottom of the ninth inning, Victor Reyes contributed a sacrifice fly to bring the Tigers within one run, but Wily Peralta struck out Jim Adduci to end the ballgame.

Daniel Norris started for the Tigers today in what was his fifth start since returning from a groin injury that sidelined him for a majority of the season. He opened the game by striking out certified Tigers killer Whit Merrifield, but then allowed a solo home run to the red-hot Adalberto Mondesi. In his first four innings, Norris allowed six total hits, but somehow managed to escape unscathed aside from Mondesi’s solo shot. He was removed from the game after a one-two-three fifth inning, finishing the day going five innings and striking out three while allowing one earned run on six hits and two walks.

While a Nicholas Castellanos sacrifice fly did tie the game in the bottom of the fourth inning, Cam Gallagher knocked a two-run single off of Drew VerHagen to give the Royals a 3-1 lead. VerHagen had posted a 1.10 ERA in his previous 15 outings entering today, but allowed three hits and the aforementioned two earned runs today.

The Tigers finish the year 38-43 at home, which is honestly not too bad for a team in their first full year of committing to a rebuild. Sure, they have posted a 25-50 record on the road and have six games remaining (series against the Twins and the Brewers), but at the very least, the 2018 Detroit Tigers gave some great moments at Comerica Park. Feel free to leave one or two of your favorites in the comments, whether it be the Rally Goose, the 1968 World Series Champions anniversary ceremony, or a different moment.

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Who was the Tigers’ player of the game?

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  • 8%
    Jeimer Candelario (1-3, 1 R, 1 BB)
    (11 votes)
  • 91%
    Daniel Norris (5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K)
    (117 votes)
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