Royals lose series in Detroit, ground in Central

The story of the game was the Detroit Tigers combination of Max Scherzer and Miguel Cabrera. The KC Royals lost the Sunday afternoon finale, 6-3 and the five-game series 3-2. The loss dropped the Royals to 8.5 games back of first place in the American League Central and six games in the wild card.

Thumbs-down-231x300It looked like a pretty good pitching matchup between Scherzer and Bruce Chen today, but sometimes, things only look good on paper.

After hitting a walk off home run on Saturday night, Miggy got things going in the bottom of the first with a two-run shot.

Chen ended up allowing all six runs (one after he left) over 5.1 innings. The Tigers collected eight hits off him, including four doubles.

Meanwhile, Scherzer showed why he improved to 18-1 (the best mark in Major League Baseball). The Royals did not collect their first hit off him until Chris Getz led off the 3rd inning with a single. Scherzer would then retire ten in a row before the Royals had another base runner (a Jarrod Dyson single with one out in the sixth).

The Royals FINALLY broke through against Scherzer in the seventh. Problem was, they were already down 6-0.

Billy Butler singled to start the inning and went to third base on Alex Gordon‘s double. He would then score on Salvador Perez‘ ground out. Emilio Bonifacio drove in Gordon with a double and the Royals seemed to be back in business. However, Scherzer got a pop up and a strike out to end the inning.

Butler added a solo home run in the ninth against Joaquin Benoit.

 

The Royals will enjoy Monday off, as they head home to play the Chicago White Sox beginning on Tuesday. Ervin Santana will start the series against John Danks.

 

*Mike Moustakas felt soreness in his calf on Saturday night (which was why he was pinch-hit for) and was held out of the lineup today. I’m hearing he may be back in the lineup on Tuesday, but most likely Wednesday (because of the lefty Danks).

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