The KC Royals couldn’t end their season with a win, as they lost to the visiting Detroit Tigers, 1-0. The Tigers continue their season on Saturday in Detroit against the American League West winning Oakland A’s.
They did get to watch a little history though. Third baseman Miguel Cabrera was officially crowned the Triple Crown winner in the AL. He finished first in batting average (.330), homeruns (44), and RBIs (139). He didn’t need to play on Wednesday night, as he already held a sizable lead in all three categories but homeruns (and Josh Hamilton did not hit a homer in his day game). However it was nice for the over 30,000 fans in attendance to get to see him play. Cabrera picked up two at-bats and was replaced in the field in the bottom of the 4th inning.
Now onto the game.
The game’s lone run was scored with one out in the 5th inning on Austin Jackson‘s RBI double.
Other than that inning, Royals starter Luis Mendoza pitched very well. He escaped a few jams by inducing double play ground outs. He allowed six hits and three walks over seven innings. He struck out six.
On the Tigers side, it was back-and-forth of who was going to make the start. It ended up being Max Scherzer in his final tuneup before the playoffs. He had turned his ankle during Monday night’s celebration and was dealing with some arm issues. Scherzer was solid, as he allowed just three hits and two walks over four shutout innings. He only struck out three, but threw 53 of his 75 pitches for strikes.
On offense for the Royals, it was their double play combination that picked up the hits. Shortstop Alcides Escobar went 2-for-5 and second baseman Johnny Giavotella went 2-for-4.
For the Tigers, AJax and Omar Infante each collected two hits in the win.
*For more on the Tigers, check out Motown Lowdown.