Game 2: Fundamental Goof

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The Score: Royals 3 – Tigers 2

The Gist: In a game of meager offense and late inning homers — a ninth-inning, two-out, game-tying shot by Miguel Cabrera off the right field foul pole, and a nearly identical drive by Royals’ third baseman Alberto Callaspo off Tigers’ closer Jose Valverde — it was a mental error by Scott Sizemore in the 11th inning that allowed the winning run to saunter home.

Max Scherzer was magnificent in his first Tigers start, working six shutout innings of one-hit mastery of the Royals. How’s that for hyperbole?

Unfortunately for the Tigers, Kansas City starter Luke Hochevar was equally tough blanking Detroit over 7.2 IP, allowing five hits, one walk and two strikeouts.

The Quote: “We got it to where we wanted it, with our closer still available, but tonight we just didn’t hold it. That’s all part of it.” — Jim Leyland

The Stat: 10 – The number of pitches in Cabrera’s at bat in the ninth inning.

Up Next: Dontrelle Willis, 0-0 0.00 ERA vs. Brian Bannister, 0-0 0.00 ERA

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3 Comments

  1. This game was so frustrating. Not because Valverde blew the save, that is going to happen from time to time. We were just spoiled with a very lucky Rodney last year. It was frustrating because of all the non traditional box score errors that cost Detroit. So many man left on base stinks, but Hochevar was stellar. Inge fumbling that double play ball cost Scherzer another inning. The failed double steal really took all the air out of a rally in the 11th, and Sizemore’s error wasn’t so much not fielding the throw cleanly, but loafing it after the fact. If he just hustles, Bloomquist had already shifted his weight back to third, but he didn’t hustle and Detroit lost. I’m open to Sizemore replacing Polanco, but I don’t have much time for a lack of hustle. O well, the grand Willis experiment starts today. I think I need to get back on my knees and keep praying.
    Sherzer was fantastic by way. Really looking forward to his season.

  2. What was the deal with Joel Zumaya and the Band-Aid? Did the Royals who at the time were leading 1-0 think that somehow a Band-Aid could be a benefit? He pulled the Band-Aid off his finger to reveal the obvious cut on his finger….If he were going to try and get an advantage on delivery why use something so obvious as a Band-Aid??

  3. I’m with you. The Royals need to worry more about their own bullpen and less about the Tigers’ pitchers, at least till they throw the ball. I didn’t see any weird movement on his pitches, but maybe the hitters were saying something. I know I sure wouldn’t want that 100 mph heater moving any more than it has to, so if it was I don’t blame them.

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