4) Royals Needed Another Crooked Inning To Take Control
Danny Duffy gave up one run in the first inning, plus a two run home run to Ian Kinsler in the third inning to put the Tigers back in the game at 5-3. The KC Royals re-established control with a three-run frame in the top of the fifth inning. Again, it was another death of a thousand cuts rally instead of one fueled by big blows.
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Cheslor Cuthbert got the party started with a single and advanced to second on a wild pitch by Detroit reliever Dustin Mollecken. Christian Colon singled to score Cuthbert and advanced to second on the throw home. Jarrod Dyson shot a single to right to score Colon. The Tigers should have caught Dyson with a pickoff, but he outran the throw to steal second. Alcides Escobar’s ground ball to short allowed Dyson to advance to third, and Hosmer singled to drive in Dyson.
Kendrys Morales grounded into a double play, but the Kansas City Royals had already taken control of the game with an 8-3 lead.
The two keep the line moving rallies put up seven runs, which pretty much determined the outcome of Saturday’s game.
Let’s just hope with Lorenzo Cain‘s immanent return that the KC Royals can get back to style of play that turned them into champions. If the starting pitching can come around, the Kansas City Royals will have gone a long way toward fixing many of the problems that plagued them in the first half of 2016.
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