It is how it always goes. When the pitching is good, the hitting struggles. When the offense puts up 4 in the second inning, the pitching can’t hold that lead. The Kansas City Royals (10-8) lost 7-5 Wednesday night to the Detroit Tigers (10-9). The Royals led 4-1 after batting in the second inning.
On the Mound
It was not Wade Davis‘ night. Everything he threw seemed to up in the strike zone and the Tigers hitters took advantage of it hitting the ball hard, or walking. In just 3.2 innings, Davis allowed 8 hits, walked 4, and gave up 7 runs (only 3 were earned). Luis Mendoza followed with 2.1 innings in which he didn’t allow anymore runs but he walked 3 himself. J.C. Gutierrez finished up with 2 scoreless innings issuing 1 walk and allowing no hits.
At the Plate
The Royals offense sparked early, despite the cold weather. They had 8 hits on the night and five of them came consecutively to start off the second. The streak ended on an Eric Hosmer sacrifice fly that gave the Royals a 4-1 lead. They only mustered 3 other hits on the evening.
This and That
The woes continue for Mike Moustakas. Not only did he go 0-4 at the plate, striking out twice, he also committed an error in the fourth that led to 4 unearned runs for the Tigers. Moustakas is now batting .148.
KC Kingdom Player of the Game
There were few bright spots for the Royals overall on Wednesday but Eric Hosmer went 1-1 with 2 walks. He had 2 RBI, produced by a sacrifice fly and a walk. Baby steps, Eric, baby steps.
- James Shields – 2
- Alex Gordon – 3
- Wade Davis – 2
- Lorenzo Cain – 2
- Luis Mendoza
- Billy Butler
- Ervin Santana – 2
- Miguel Tejada
- Jeremy Guthrie
- Eric Hosmer – 2
- Chris Getz
Maz Scherzer struggled almost as much a Davis, surrendering 5 runs in 5 innings on 7 hits and 3 walks. Jose Valverde made his 2013 debut last night, returning as the team’s closer. He pitched a scoreless 9th for the save. He should bring at least a little more stability to the Tiger’s bullpen.
A prime time match up at 12:08 p.m. on Thursday – James Shields (1-2) will take on Justin Verlander (2-2). It will be surprising if the 2 teams combine for 12 runs today. The winning team will be the leader in the AL Central.
AL Central Notes
Minnesota Twins (9-8 ): The Twins were off on Wednesday.
Cleveland Indians (8-11 ): Zach McAllister struggled with his control in the Wednesday loss at Chicago. He walked 5 in 5.2 innings and gave up 3 runs. The Indians could only muster 5 hits on the night.
Chicago White Sox (8-12 ): Jose Quintana surrendered 2 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks in 5 innings against Cleveland. He is now 2-0 on the season with an ERA of 2.78. Alex Rios hit his 6th homer of the year.