Apr 2, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (right) receives congratulations from left fielder Tyler Collins (18) and third baseman Nick Castellanos (9) after hitting a walk off single in the tenth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park. Detroit won 2-1 in ten innings. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Ian Kinsler, Tigers Defeat the Royals 2-1 in Extra Innings

Apr 2, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler (3) celebrates after he hits a walk off single against the Kansas City Royals in the tenth inning at Comerica Park. Detroit won 2-1 in ten innings. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Another day, another walkoff win for the Tigers. This time, Ian Kinsler was the hero for the Detroit Tigers, as they defeated the Kansas City Royals 2-1 in ten innings.

The Royals had a chance early on against Detroit starter Max Scherzer. Norichika Aoki led off with a walk and Omar Infante followed with a base hit. After a fly ball moved Aoki up to third, the Royals had runners at the corners and Billy Butler at the dish. Unfortunately for the Royals, Butler swung at a 3-0 pitch, grounding into a double play to end the threat.

From that point, Scherzer settled in, keeping the Royals offense from doing much of anything. Meanwhile, starter Jason Vargas was matching Scherzer virtually pitch for pitch, as the game remained scoreless heading into the bottom of the fourth.

Then, Vargas made a mistake. Ian Kinsler crushed a hanging curve on the first pitch of his at bat, sending into the seats in left center for a home run to put the Tigers ahead 1-0. While Vargas settled in from that point, Scherzer continued to cruise. That one run looked as though it may have been enough to hold up.

The Tigers threatened to score again in the sixth, putting runners on first and second with no outs. Vargas then appeared as though he induced Tyler Collins to ground into a double play, which would have allowed him to pitch around the dangerous Miguel Cabrera. Instead, Collins was called safe after review. Vargas bore down once again, getting Cabrera to ground into a fielder’s choice before striking out Victor Martinez to end the threat.

The Royals finally threatened again in the eighth. Salvador Perez led off with a ringing double and was lifted for pinch runner Jarrod Dyson. However, Scherzer struck out the next two batters before getting Alcides Escobar to fly out, as the Tigers clung to the 1-0 lead.

Vargas would leave after the seventh, having given up one run on five hits and a walk, striking out six. Yet, as good as Vargas was, Scherzer was even better, pitching eight shutout innings while allowing four hits and a walk, striking out seven.

Kansas City finally got on the board in the top of the ninth. Joe Nathan, who was brought in to solidify the closer spot for Detroit, struggled, loading the bases with one out. Alex Gordon hit a sacrifice fly to left, scoring pinch runner Pedro Ciriaco to tie the game. After a balk moved the runners to second and third, Brett Hayes hit a hard one hopper at Kinsler to end the threat.

Replay was not kind again to the Royals in the top of the tenth. With two outs and Lorenzo Cain on second, Aoki was called safe on a weak groundball to the mound. However, Brad Ausmus once again successfully challenged the call, and the Tigers got out of another jam.

That was all they needed. With two out and runners on first and second, Ian Kinsler once again came to bat. This time, he drove Tim Collins‘ 1-1 offering into the gap in left center, scoring Austin Jackson to send the Royals to their second one run loss. Collins took the loss, allowing a run on a hit and two walks in .2 innings of work.

Omar Infante was 2-4 for the Royals in the defeat.

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  • Eric Akers

    A bit aggravating to lose this way, but if these games are an indication of what is to come, these are all going to be grind’em out type of games.

    • Dave Hill

      That’s what I expect from this offense. Butler’s two double plays were bad breaks. Hopefully, these will even out. Winning tomorrow could go a long way for the Royals confidence.

  • Chad Woelk

    Yosted again!!!!! Royals can just never catch a break. I learned a long time ago to never get my hopes up with this team.

  • jimfetterolf

    Vargas certainly looked good but the offense is having trouble with Cy Young award winners.

  • moretrouble

    Great game today. Two good teams going after one another. Line ‘em up and get one tomorrow, boys.

  • The Plaindealer

    I sure hope this team is beyond the need to win a game to boost their confidence.
    I heard a lot of discussion today about how long of a leash Moose will get with a slow start. Question is, if the Royals don’t get out of April with a winning record, how long will Yost’s leash be?

    • Dave Hill

      My thought is that the Royals are 1-16 with runners in scoring position thus far. Based on the body language in these situations, it seems as though the hitters are pressing right now, so getting a couple of hits and a bit of an offensive explosion may do wonders.

      I had been wondering about Yost’s leash as well. After running through every pinch runner possible and still letting Escobar hit, it makes you wonder.

  • Tyler_KC_Fan

    Today and yesterday were just bad breaks. Gonzalez had a solid game yesterday and Kinsler did today, but the team never gave up. The one thing that will hurt the team is if Billy gets back in his double play swing again. The two he had were killer.

    The Royals started 0-2 last year and finished off having a great year. I don’t think these two loses mean playoffs are gone by any means. If we continue playing as hard as we have been, good things will come our way.

    Vargas was a beast today, and minus his hanging breaking ball the Kinsler crushed, he was flawless. He had more strike outs then Scherzer did through 7 innings. Tomorrow is Ventura and should be another exciting game!

    • Dave Hill

      I’m with you there. Hopefully Ventura can go out and continue the excellent performances by the rotation. Far too early to think they are out of it by any stretch.

  • Ed Connealy

    Win the game and then sooth your fragile players after the game. Escobar’s ego should be second behind the team winning. Mouse has not earned the right to face tough lefties or swing away at 3-0 counts. Butler’s dp on 3-0 is frustrating. You don’t red light him, but it just shows this organizations disdain for the walk. L. Coleman! Please get well soon! Vargas was wonderful. Is a rain out today a bad thing or a good thing?

    • Eric Akers

      I would agree that I would prefer to take that pitch, especially in the first inning. However, the pitch was in a very hittable location (according to pitch fx on gameday) and there is also the thought that you have to get to good pitchers early or you won’t get them at all. However, unlike past seasons, we now have a pretty good hitter behind Billy, so he could easily have taken that pitch. Billy tends to be the biggest hacker on 3-0 counts on the team, but he needs to hit the ball in the air more. That’s my back and forth on that particular situation.