The Royals had all the good will and positive energy over thirty three thousand fans could generate on their side Saturday night, yet that still wasn’t enough somehow. They failed utterly in their quest for victory over the Tigers from Detroit, their primary rival in the Central Division, for the third consecutive night. Shame and humiliation linger in the night air of the city of fountains tonight. A wretched state of affairs.
James Shields started the game for KC, and pitched well for the second straight outing after a prolonged mid-season slump. He gave up seven hits and two runs in seven innings, but struck out eight Tigers while walking none.
Unfortunately for James and his Royals teammates, those two runs were enough for the Tigers. It made no difference that Aaron Crow would give up home runs to RF J.D. Martinez (good find by Tigers) and C Alex Avila in relief. When you only score one run, you rarely win.
All the usual adjectives apply for the Royals offense tonight. Punchless. Hapless. The opposite of good.
Rick Porcello started and went seven innings for the Tigers, giving up one run on six hits and three walks while striking out three. The lone KC run came off a line drive sacrifice fly by Billy Butler, who also had two hits, as did Omar Infante.
The Royals were 0-5 with Runners in Scoring Position. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Please.
As is usually the case, the Royals have a shot at redemption against these same Tigers tomorrow afternoon. It’s their last game before the All-Star break.