The Tigers are getting used to this whole double digit run thing. For the second game in three, the Tigers put up crooked numbers against their opponent, coming up with 19 hits in a 16-4 win over the second place Kansas City Royals.
Plenty of good here, so…
- Half of Detroit’s runs came in an eight run fifth that saw the Tigers chase KC starter Jeremy Guthrie, who had shut the Tigers down when they met in Detroit last month. That inning saw the Tigers send twelve men to the plate. Torii Hunter led off the inning with a very long home run and it was off to the races from there. The frame was punctuated by five consecutive two out baserunners, including a series of RBI singles and a Nick Castellanos double.
- Every single Tiger who played got a hit tonight – including Rajai Davis and Andrew Romine, who once the Tigers were well ahead. That comes to eleven different players all getting hits. Seven of them (Ian Kinsler, Miguel Cabrera, J.D. Martinez, Torii Hunter, Nick Castellanos, Eugenio Suarez, Don Kelly) had more than one hit. Cabrera, Martinez, and Hunter each had three RBI. Kinsler, Castellanos, and Suarez each had two. The Tigers had 23 at bats with runners in scoring position (and got eight hits). It was a banner night offensively for pretty much everyone as the Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first and just piled on from there.
- The Tigers had to pitch, too, and Drew Smyly was alright. He allowed eight hits in 6.2 innings, walking one and striking out two. True to form, it was mostly righties who gave him trouble.
There was no bad. I’m not that nitpicky.
The win extends the Tigers’ division lead to 5.5 games. They can go 8.5 up on KC if they win the next three, and the Royals can only get within 2.5 now if they win the next three. Anibal Sanchez faces Danny Duffy tomorrow.