The Royals walked eight batters and had a costly error in the 5th inning that lead to the 7-5 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. The temperature for the first pitch for the Tigers and Royals on Wednesday night was a chilly 41 degrees. The Royals, now 10-8 on the year, struggled to get the ball in the strike zone all night and it started with starting pitcher Wade Davis. Davis, now 1-2, went just three and two thirds innings giving up seven runs on eight hits and walked four batters. However, only three of those runs were earned.
The Royals took the lead in the third inning when they had five consecutive hits, Salvador Perez started it with a single, Chris Getz added another single, Alex Gordon doubled to score Perez, Alcides Escobar singled scoring Getz, then Billy Butler singled scoring Gordon. The the final run of the inning Eric Hosmer hit a sacrifice fly to score Escobar to give the Royals the lead 4-1 after the top of the third ininng.
The difference in the game came in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Tigers had runners on first and second with one out and Torii Hunter hit a ball to Mike Moustakas who let it go through his legs scoring one run to tie the game at four. If fielded normally, the Royals had a chance at a double play to end the game. The Tigers scored two more runs in the inning off of Davis before Luis Mendoza came in and gave up a bases loaded walk to put the score to 7-4.
The Royals had another great chance in the top of the fifth inning as they had the bases loaded after Chris Getz and Alex Gordon walked, Alcides Escobar had an infield single. The Royals had the bases loaded with no outs but could only add one run in the top of the fifth when Hosmer walked with the bases loaded. Lorenzo Cain and Moustakas both struck out to end the inning.
The Royals couldn’t muster anything the rest of the game. The two teams face off tomorrow afternoon with first pitch set for 12:05 with pregame coverage starting at 11:25 on 580 WIBW. Should be a great pitching matchup, James Shields, 1-2, goes up against Just Verlander, 2-2.