Royals Report: KC Sweeps Tigers Despite Anibal Sanchez’s No-Hit Bid
By John Viril
The Royals swept the Tigers in Detroit with their comeback 4-1 victory at Comerica Park on Wednesday. The KC Royals won despite getting no-hit by Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez through 6 2/3 innings and shut out through the seventh.
The Kansas City Royals improved to 60-60 with their 4-1 win on Wednesday. Kansas City gained ground to pull within 9.0 games behind AL Central leader Cleveland. The Tigers fell to 63-57. Detroit remains in second place in the AL Central, but lost a game to KC.
The Tigers Anibal Sanchez no-hit Kansas City for 6.2 innings until Eric Hosmer slammed a double to right off the base of the wall. However, the Kansas City stranded him when Kendrys Morales popped up at home plate.
Sanchez left the game leading 1-0 on Victor Martinez‘s solo home run off Yordano Ventura in the second inning. But, Justin Wilson gave up a solo home run to Alex Gordon on the first pitch after replacing Sanchez in the top of the eighth.
Eric Hosmer then followed Lorenzo Cain‘s one out single in the ninth with a two-run shot to right to put the KC Royals in control at 3-1. Kansas City added an insurance run on Drew Butera‘s bloop single to put KC ahead 4-1.
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Kelvin Herrera pitched a 1, 2, 3 ninth inning to earn his sixth save of the season. Rookie Matt Strahm also made a key contribution by getting a ground ball double play from Tigers superstar Miguel Cabrera with one out in the seventh.
Cabrera could have broken open the game with a hit; but, instead Strahm kept Kansas City within one run.
The Kansas City Royals are rolling right now with their sweep of the Tigers. They’ve won four straight games, seven of their last eight, and have won nine of their last 11. But, more importantly, you can see that Kansas City has their swagger back in the dugout.
Right now, they believe they’re going to be playing in October.
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And, after all of the improbable come backs that they’ve engineered since 2014, who am I to doubt them? The starters are dominating games. They’re hitting. The bullpen is shutting down opponents once more. And, most importantly, they have Rally Mantis on their side.
The bottom line is they’re playing like Champions once again. That makes anything possible.