The KC Royals could not finish off the three game sweep over first place Detroit, as they lost 4-1 on Sunday afternoon. The Royals now welcome the surging Baltimore Orioles to town for four games beginning on Monday night (the O’s are currently trying to sweep Texas).
Shockingly, the Royals came back to tie the game in the bottom of the second. That run came from an unlikely source: Miguel Tejada. The veteran started in place of the injured Chris Getz at second base and hit a solo homerun with one out (his third of the season).
The score would stay tied at 1-1 until the fifth, when Andy Dirks hit a one out solo shot. The Tigers tacked on another run in the 7th inning on a bases loaded sac fly. Thankfully, Shields escaped further damage.
Shields finished seven innings for the first time in a long while. He allowed three runs on nine hits while striking out six. He threw 73 of his 99 pitches for strikes. Kelvin Herrera pitched the final two innings of the game and allowed a 9th inning sac fly.
However, the Royals offense was held in check. They collected seven hits, just one for extra bases (the Tejada homerun). Relievers Drew Smyly and Bruce Rondon set them down in order in the seventh and eighth before Joaquin Benoit allowed a leadoff single to Mike Moustakas in the ninth. He was immediately erased on a Tejada double play grounder.
I mentioned in the beginning that the Royals welcome the Orioles to Kauffman Stadium next. Kansas City will be throwing two former O’s in that four game series: Bruce Chen will start on Tuesday and Jeremy Guthrie will get the start in Thursday’s finale.
*The Tigers collected 11 hits, but looked a lot like the Royals. They hit into two double plays and went just 3-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Their 4-7 hitters went a combined 8-for-16 with three runs scored.