The Tigers were on the wrong end of a pitchers’ duel, as the Kansas City Royals’ staff were just a little bit better than the Tigers’. Doug Fister went 7.2 IP, allowing only one run on eight hits, while striking out six and giving up an uncharacteristic four walks. The Royals’ Ervin Santana went 6.2 IP and gave up no runs, while giving up five hits, one walk, and striking out five. Both teams’ bullpens were strong, each allowing no runs, although the Tigers came close to scoring the tying run, and probably should have, in the ninth inning.
Greg Holland, arguably the AL’s best closer in 2013, came on in the ninth for the save and immediately walked Prince Fielder. Holland retired Victor Martinez and Andy Dirks easily, but Omar Infante came up and hit what looked like a game tying double. The Royals executed the relay throw from the outfield perfectly, however, and managed to gun down Fielder at the plate to end the game and seal a 1-0 victory, the Tigers’ fourth such defeat of the season.
With the Indians winning big tonight against the White Sox, the Tigers’ division lead will be down to five games with fourteen to go.
Max Scherzer (19-3, 3.01 ERA) attempts to win #20 for the third time this season, while the Royals will send out Jeremy Guthrie (14-10, 4.11 ERA).