KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Detroit Tigers avoided a second consecutive shutout. They could not avoid a third consecutive loss.
The Tigers ended a string of 17 consecutive scoreless innings with a run in the eighth inning Thursday night, but that was the only run they scored in a 2-1 loss to the Kansas City Royals.
With runners at the corners and two outs in the eighth, Jhonny Peralta singled on a 3-2 pitch to score Prince Fielder from third base. The Tigers were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position prior to Peralta’s single.
KEY TO THE GAME
The Tigers put a runner on second base with nobody out in both the sixth and seventh innings only to strand that runner right there.
They finished 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11 runners.
– The Tigers got a good bounce to help them get out of a jam in the
sixth inning. With runners at first and third and no outs, a pitch by relief pitcher Darrin
Downs got past catcher Gerald Laird. Billy Butler broke for home, but
the ball bounced off the wall right to Laird, who threw to Downs for the
first out of the inning. Downs got out of the inning without any
further damage to keep the score 2-0.
– Prince Fielder had a double and two singles for the Tigers.
– With the Tigers trailing 1-0, Prince Fielder led off the sixth inning with a double, but second base is where he stayed. Delmon Young, Brennan Boesch and Peralta made three outs on four pitches as Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie got out of the jam.
– After the Tigers failed to score in the top of the sixth, the Royals tacked on a run in the bottom of the inning on an Alex Gordon home run that just cleared the wall in right-center to make it 2-0.
– The Tigers put another runner on second base with no outs in the seventh inning. But, just like in the sixth inning, that runner was stranded there after a popup by Gerald Laird and fly outs by Austin Jackson and Andy Dirks.
– The White Sox ended up losing three of four in their series against the Baltimore Orioles after dropping a 5-3 decision Thursday afternoon. The Tigers are three games behind the White Sox after being swept by the Royals.
– Mike Moustakas made a great defensive play at third base for the second consecutive day. Moustakas made a diving grab on a ground ball by Boesch in the fourth inning. The throw by Moustakas to first base was high, but Eric Hosmer managed to keep one foot on the bag while stretching to catch the ball.
– The Royals loaded the bases with nobody out in the fifth inning, but Rick
Porcello escaped with just one run scored. Johnny Giavotella knocked in a
run with a fielder’s choice grounder to make it 1-0, but Porcello
struck out Lorenzo Cain and got his glove on a hard-hit comebacker off
the bat of Alcides Escobar to get out of the jam.
– Porcello started strong and threw four shutout innings before the
Royals broke through for a run in the fifth and another in the sixth.
Porcello allowed a home run, a double and a single without retiring a
batter in the sixth before he was replaced by Darrin Downs.
– Porcello allowed two runs on eight hits and two walks in five-plus innings.
– The Tigers had a runner on first with no outs in the ninth when Jackson hit a line drive to center field. But Lorenzo Cain made a great diving catch to retire Jackson for the first out of the inning and keep Alex Avila at first base.