Jul 10, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie (11) is visited by third baseman Danny Valencia (19), pitching coach Dave Eiland (58) and catcher Salvador Perez (13) in the fourth inning against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Tigers Run Roughshod Over Royals in 16-4 Defeat


The last time that Jeremy Guthrie and Drew Smyly faced one another, the Royals righty was stellar, outduelling Smyly in a 2-1 victory for Kansas City. This time, Guthrie was unable to replicate that performance, getting hammered as the Detroit Tigers annihilated the Kansas City Royals 16-4.

The Tigers offense started out quickly against Guthrie. Consecutive singles to start the game put runners at the corners, and a groundout by Miguel Cabrera put Detroit on the board. After a walk, Torii Hunter followed with an RBI single and Nick Castellanos had a sacrifice fly to give Detroit a quick 3-0 lead.

Kansas City got a run back in the bottom of the second. With two out, Alcides Escobar singled to shallow right, stole second and came around to score on a bloop single by Jarrod Dyson, cutting the lead to 3-1. However, Detroit came back in the top of the fourth, loading the bases with one out. Ian Kinsler hit a sacrifice fly to score a run and Cabrera followed with a drive to left for a two run double as the Tigers posted another three run inning.

Billy Butler trimmed the lead once again in the bottom of the inning, hitting a solo home run into the waterfalls in left. With the Tigers up 6-2, there still existed a chance that the Royals could chip away and mount a comeback. Those hopes were, however, quickly dashed in the top of the fifth inning.

Jeremy Guthrie came out to start the inning, but did not last long. Hunter continued his ownership of all Royals pitching, hammering a home run to left. An infield single by Castellanos marked the end of the night for Guthrie, who was repalced by Scott Downs. Downs fooled absolutely no one in the Tigers order, lasting three batters before being relieved by Louis Coleman. Meanwhile, the Tigers continued their batting practice performance, plating eight runs as they sent twelve men to the plate, breaking the game open and taking a 14-2 lead.

The game was essentially over at that point. After another Tigers run, Eric Hosmer had a two run home run for Kansas City to cut the lead to 15-4. Detroit tacked on another tally in the top of the ninth before the game mercifully ended, as the Tigers handed the Royals a 16-4 defeat.

Guthrie took the loss, giving up eight runs on eight hits and three walks in 4+ innings of work. As a team, the Royals gave up 19 hits and five walks to Detroit, as every person wearing a Tigers uniform who batted had at least one hit and one run scored. At least it was just one game, and the Royals still have a chance to win the series and cut into the Tigers’ lead in the Central.

For the Royals, Eric Hosmer brought his hitting streak to ten games as he was 2-4 with a two run home run in the loss.

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  • Ryan Caltrider

    You might need to copy and paste this article on Sunday. The Royals better hope Duffy and Shields shut them down the next two days so they can salvage a split. I don’t have much faith in that happening. I think the Royals will win Saturday and that’s about it. But hey, the Royals are only two good bats and a good starter away from being a wild card contender!

    • unclejesse40

      I hear what you are saying, but Bruce Chen is one of the most unpredictable pitchers in all of Major League Baseball. I have seen him go out and throw pitches that baffle hitters and make them look silly. I have also seen him go out and throw batting practice and get knocked out after 3 innings. If the home plate umpire has a big strike zone and Chen can work around in it, he CAN be pretty darn good. If the strike zone is small and he has to throw fastballs in the zone it could be bad and bad in a hurry. Here’s hoping for the best. Go Royals!
      On a side note, love seeing Duffy and Ventura pitching like they are this year. Really want to see Lamb get a spot start with Vargas on the DL. If those three can be ready by next year oh my goodness this young pitching staff is going to be fun. And then the possibility of Zimmer coming up and Vargas being our number 5 pitcher. Holy Smokes things could get really fun in KC for a good long while.

  • cardsfanatik

    The Tigers are a playoff Club. The Royals are not. They could be, but they need some help. If Dayton doesn’t do something, only he can be blamed. By now the entire world knows what they have in Butler, Moustakas, and Hosmer. Or should I say knows what they DON’T have. There isn’t a batter in this entire lineup that opposing pitchers are afraid to pitch to, with maybe the exception of Cain with runners on. Sal has been ok, but not stellar with runners on, although I want him up before any of our “big three”. Hosmer appears to be a half a year player, Butler appears to already be in decline, and I’m not sure Moustakas will ever hit for enough power to justify his shit average. A trade might not be there this All-Star break, but I certainly hope that if teams are asking about any of the three Dayton is listening closely. I hope Glass doesn’t give up this off season, I hope he dumps all the mediocre shit, finds some offense, and extends some young pitchers. I haven’t looked to see who’s going to be a FA, but it wouldn’t hurt my feelings to see Moustakas, Butler, and Hosmer in a different dugout next year. At least 2 of the 3. I still think they should try to move Butler to someone for some prospect depth and try to find a DH that can actually hit. If your not going to hit for average, then you HAVE to hit for power. Trumbo, Dunn, etc. Or find a doubles machine that hits over .300. How Butler used to before the last 2 years. Moustakas doesn’t do it for me. I don’t give a shit how good his defense is, it doesn’t make up for the complete black hole in the lineup. And even if he finishes the year with 15 HR’s, whoop de doo. .200/.290/.450. I just guesstimate these numbers, but they won’t be far off. WASTE OF SPACE. Hosmer, meh, he’s not impressing me either. Even on his hitting streak. What really sucks. It will never get any better. The Royals don’t have the money. So people bitch about the suggestions, Dunn, Trumbo, etc, but those are the type they can afford, and they bring what we’re missing. And if they could afford average AND power they would sign a Pujols or Cabrera, not gonna happen, so take power OR average. Butlers giving neither.
    The pitching staff doesn’t worry me near as much as the complete lack of run scoring ability. Even after Sheilds departs, the future of the rotation looks pretty solid, but the offense, even in the minors doesn’t look bright.