Detroit Tiger starter Anibal Sanchez cooled off this hottest lineup in baseball by beating the Kansas City Royals 2-1 at Comerica Park in Detroit Thursday afternoon.
The Royals scored their only run in the first inning on doubles by Nori Aoki and Billy Butler. Sanchez, and the rest of the TIgers pitching staff, held down Kansas City the rest of the day with help from some nice defensive plays.
Danny Duffy was almost as good, but gave up 2 runs in the bottom of the 4th on 3 hits. Series nemesis J.D. Martinez hit a home run to the right field corner that carried over the wall to make the difference in the game.
The loss drops Kansas City to 39-33. However, the Royals still hold a .5 game lead on Detroit in the American League Central.
On the Mound
Danny Duffy didn’t deserve to lose. He went 7.0 innings, allowing 3 hits, 1 walk, 2 earned runs, and 5 strikeouts. The hard-luck Duffy’s record fell to 4-6 on the year with a still-excellent 2.80 ERA. Duffy is now a fixture in the Royals rotation.
Aaron Crow pitched a scoreless 8th inning for Kansas City despite giving up a bunt single to reserve catcher Bryan Holaday, who advanced to second on Mike Moustakas‘ throwing error. After Eugenio Suarez advanced Holaday to 3rd with a sacrifice, Crow stranded him by getting a pop-up from Rajai Davis and a fly ball to center from Ian Kinsler.
At the Plate
The Royals only managed 6 hits, 1 walk, and 1 earned run against Sanchez and Co. all night. Nori Aoki and Billy Butler were the only two Royals to get more than one hit, both going 2-4 with a single and a double on the day..
Aoki scored the Royals only run, while Billy Butler notched the RBI.
The Royals had some tough luck in the 5th. Lorenzo Cain lined out to leaping 3rd baseman Nick Castellanos to lead off the inning, followed by consecutive singles from Mike Moustakas and Alcides Escobar that would have scored a run.
This and That
The Royals have never scored more than 1 earned run against Anibal Sanchez, including their loss to him on Thursday.
The Royals were not the only team that pulled off outstanding defensive plays. The Tigers supported Anibal Sanchez with 1 double play, Castellanos’ catch against Moustakas’ liner in the 4th, and Castellanos also leaned into over the railing in foul territory to retire Salvador Perez with Billy Butler at 2nd with 2 outs in the 6th.
KC Kingdom Player of the Game
Danny Duffy gets KC Kingdom’s POG award for his 7 strong innings in what turned out to be a losing effort.
- Billy Butler – 2
- Lorenzo Cain – 4
- Johnny Giavotella
- Wade Davis
- Norichika Aoki
- Salvador Perez – 4
- Jeremy Guthrie – 5
- Jason Vargas – 5
- Alex Gordon – 8
- Bruce Chen
- James Shields – 6
- Yordano Ventura – 3
- Mike Moustakas
- Danny Duffy – 5
- Omar Infante – 2
- Mike Moustakas – 4
- Alcides Escobar – 4
- Eric Hosmer – 8
- Michael Mariot
- Casey Coleman
J.D. Martinez does it again. Martinez only went 1-3 on Thursday, but struck the decisive blow with what turned out to be the game-winning home run (6).
Martinez went 7-14 vs. Kansas City during the series, including 3 home runs and 6 RBI’s. Martinez would have had home run in all four games if Lorenzo Cain did not reach over the wall to rob him on Tuesday. The Royals might have pulled off the four game sweep if Torii Hunter had not injured himself in the opening game.
The Royals return home to start a 9-game home stand. First up is a 3-game set vs. the Seattle Mariners. The Royals will send James Shields (8-3, 3.50 ERA) to the mound against Hisashi Iwakuma (5-3, 2.59 ERA). Game time is 7:10 CST at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
|Nori Aoki RF||4||1||2||0||0||0||4||.264||.328||.326||.653|
|Omar Infante 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.250||.296||.363||.659|
|Eric Hosmer 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.256||.296||.367||.663|
|Billy Butler DH||4||0||2||1||0||1||4||.274||.328||.359||.687|
|Salvador Perez C||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.276||.328||.428||.756|
|Lorenzo Cain CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||4||.315||.351||.416||.767|
|Mike Moustakas 3B||2||0||1||0||1||0||3||.175||.246||.355||.601|
|Alcides Escobar SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||3||.292||.331||.401||.732|
2B: N Aoki (12, off A Sanchez); B Butler 2 (16, 2 off A Sanchez).
TB: B Butler 4; N Aoki 3; M Moustakas; A Escobar.
GIDP: E Hosmer (9).
RBI: B Butler (32).
2-out RBI: B Butler.
Team LOB: 5.
With RISP: 1 for 7.
DP: 1. N Aoki-A Escobar.
E: M Moustakas (6).
Outfield Assists: N Aoki (M Cabrera at 2nd base).
|Ian Kinsler 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.287||.319||.446||.766|
|Austin Jackson CF||3||1||1||0||0||1||3||.253||.317||.378||.695|
|Miguel Cabrera 1B||2||0||1||1||1||0||3||.319||.375||.548||.923|
|Victor Martinez DH||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.328||.381||.588||.969|
|J.D. Martinez RF||3||1||1||1||0||1||3||.300||.333||.570||.903|
|Nick Castellanos 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||.266||.301||.401||.702|
|Bryan Holaday C||3||0||1||0||0||2||3||.306||.333||.355||.688|
|Eugenio Suarez SS||2||0||0||0||0||0||3||.286||.375||.629||1.004|
|Rajai Davis LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.274||.319||.391||.710|
2B: M Cabrera (24, off D Duffy).
HR: J Martinez (6, off D Duffy, 4th inn, 0 on, 2 outs to Deep RF Line).
SH: E Suarez (3, off A Crow).
TB: J Martinez 4; M Cabrera 2; B Holaday; A Jackson.
RBI: J Martinez (22); M Cabrera (57).
2-out RBI: J Martinez.
Team LOB: 2.
With RISP: 0 for 3.
DP: 1. I Kinsler-E Suarez-M Cabrera.
|Danny Duffy, L (4-6)||7||3||2||2||1||5||1||2.80||101||69|
|Anibal Sanchez, W (4-2)||7||5||1||1||1||0||0||2.33||107||68|
|Joba Chamberlain, H (13)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.87||9||7|
|Joe Nathan, S (14)||1||0||0||0||0||3||0||6.31||15||11|