The Royals blasted the Detroit Tigers for a 16-5 victory on Saturday night, despite not hitting a home run. The KC Royals stroked a season-high 20 hits to pummel the Tigers with nine runs in the late innings.
The Kansas City Royals improved to 37-31, and remain 0.5 games behind the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central. The Tigers fell to 34-34 and 3.5 games behind Cleveland.
The Tigers scored two runs off KC Royals starter Edinson Volquez in the first inning, before responding with four runs in the bottom of the second. From that time on, the Kansas City Royals remained in control of this game. When the Tigers threatened to make a game of it by tagging Volquez for three runs in the seventh inning, the Royals scored three in the bottom half of the frame and five in the eighth.
Eight out of the nine players that started the game for the KC Royals got a hit, and seven of them notched two or more. The only player left out of the party was no. 9 hitter Cheslor Cuthbert. Though the Kansas City Royals failed to put the ball over the wall, they did slam seven doubles and stole two bases.
The KC Royals busted the Tigers pen so badly that Detroit manager Brad Ausmus used position player Andrew Romine to fnish the eighth inning. Interestingly enough, Romine ended up becoming the only Detroit pitcher not to give up an earned run.
On to my observations about Saturday’s game:
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