On Saturday, the Tigers gave the ball to Mike Pelfrey, who had a strong finish to the first half allowing just two ER over 12.1 IP in his previous two starts. Pelfrey was hoping to give the Tigers another win over the Royals after needing to come from behind on Friday night for a 4-2 victory.
Unfortunately, things did not go according to plan for Pelfrey from the start. He was unable to get through two innings of work Saturday night as the Tigers fall 8-4 to the Royals.
INNINGS 1 – 3
Kansas City got the ball rolling right away in the 1st. After a one-out double by Eric Hosmer, Pelfrey issued walked to the next two batters to load the bases. The Royals proceeded to score four runs over the next four at-bats: single by Alex Gordon, Pelfrey then hits Paulo Orlando with the bases juiced, a base hit by Cheslor Cuthbert and then Christian Colón grounded out to make it 4-0.
Detroit did answer with one of their own in the home half. After a leadoff double from Ian Kinsler off Royals starter Danny Duffy, Cameron Maybin singled him home to make it 4-1. It seemed the Tigers would start a rally but only one run plated.
Kansas City loaded the bases up again in the 2nd on a single and two more walks for Pelfrey, giving him four on the night. He departed after just 1.2 IP. In came reliever Dustin Molleken and the first pitch he throws goes wild, allowing a run to score and make it 5-1 Royals.
Tigers went down in order in the 2nd. Molleken in the 3rd walked two MORE Royals hitters, but they were unable to capitalize. In the home half of the 3rd, Detroit got some runs back with a two-run shot from Kinsler to cut it to 5-3.
(THRU 3: KC LEADS 5-3)
INNINGS 4 – 6
Nothing doing for either K.C. or Detroit in the 4th. A one-out double by Salvador Pérez was the only base runner for either team in that frame.
In the 5th, Royals expanded their lead to 8-3. Colón drove in his second run of the game with a single to right that scored Cuthbert. That signaled the end for Molleken and in came Kyle Ryan. The first batter Ryan faces, Jarrod Dyson joins the hit parade and singles to right, allowing Colón to score. That closed the book for Molleken (2.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K). Two batters later, Hosmer notched his second RBI with another single to right, allowing Dyson to score.
The Tigers stranded a two-out base on balls in the home half of the 5th.
In the 6th, Ryan walked Pérez to lead off the inning and got Gordon to fly out before manager Brad Ausmus came out and brought the hook with him. In came Alex Wilson, who induced a ground ball double play two batters later to end the inning and keep K.C. off the board. Tigers though went 1-2-3 in the 6th.
(THRU 6: KC LEADS 8-3)
INNINGS 7 – 9
Bruce Rondon came on the pitch the 7th for Detroit and tossed a clean scoreless frame, needing just nine total pitches and fanning one Royal. Duffy still pitching in the 7th allowed a pair of singles to start the inning. After a strikeout of James McCann, it was Tyler Collins singling to right allowing a run to score, making it 8-4. Duffy would depart after that.
In came veteran reliever Peter Moylan who would get Jose Iglesias to ground into a 6-3 double play and limit the damage to one run.
In the 8th, Shane Greene came on for an inning of work and only allowed a two-out single to Pérez. The Tigers in the 8th vs. Boylan still copied what the Royals did in the top half, stranding a two-out base hit.
Mark Lowe tossed a 1-2-3 9th inning for the Tigers, have to go all the way back to May 1 the last time Lowe did that. However, Royals closer Wade Davis fresh off the disabled list recorded his own clean inning in a non-save situation to lock down an 8-4 victory for Kansas City.
ADDITIONAL GAME NOTES
Pelfrey is first Tigers starter with 4 walks, 0 K's in less than 2 innings of work since Mike Maroth did it on July 27, 2005. @baseball_ref
— Jason Beck (@beckjason) July 17, 2016
Zimmermann threw long toss at 140 feet today, he said, and is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Monday.
— Anthony Fenech (@anthonyfenech) July 16, 2016
— Emily Waldon (@EmilyCWaldon) July 17, 2016
UP NEXT: The Royals and Tigers will wrap up this three-game series Sunday afternoon at 1:10 p.m. EST on Fox Sports Detroit/97.1 The Ticket. Kansas City will give the ball to Yordano Ventura (6-7, 5.15 ERA), who tossed 6.1 scoreless innings against the Tigers back on June 17.
Detroit will oppose with rookie Michael Fulmer (9-2, 2.11 ERA) who has allowed one ER or less in his last nine starts. Fulmer will face Ventura for the second time this season, he allowed one run over 5.1 IP in that June 17 game.