The excitement has returned on the KC Royals front, as they swept today’s doubleheader in Detroit. After losing three in row, Royals fans took to Twitter with their hopes dashed for a possible postseason appearance. While I think it may be a long shot for the long-suffering Royals, today’s DH sweep moved them right back into the postseason discussion (just 6.5 games back of first place).
Eric Hosmer broke the scoreless game with a solo home run to lead off the 4th inning. Back-to-back doubles to lead off the seventh from new Royals Justin Maxwell and Emilio Bonifacio put the Royals up 2-0 on Verlander.
Meanwhile, Duffy (who is expected to be shipped back to Triple-A) did not allow a hit until Miguel Cabrera picked up an infield single with two outs in the sixth. Duffy allowed that one hit over six scoreless innings. He did walk three and hit a batter (while striking out three).
Kelvin Herrera blew through the three Tigers he faced in the 7th inning (with two strikeouts). Aaron Crow worked around a Ramon Santiago lead off home run in the eighth and Greg Holland picked up his 33rd save of the season by getting a game-ending double play.
In the nightcap, the Royals won 3-0 behind ace James Shields.
Hosmer once again put the Royals on the board first with a two-run homer in the 3rd inning. He is the first Royal to hit a home run in both games of a doubleheader since Dean Palmer in 1998.
That was more than enough offense for Shields, who struggled with his command but still lasted seven innings. He walked four and hit a batter, but only allowed three hits. He threw 59 of his 106 pitches for strikes.
Luke Hochevar threw a perfect 8th inning and Holland picked up his 34th save of the season.
*Verlander has yet to beat the Royals so far this season. He threw 124 pitches in the day game.
**Maxwell went 2-for-4 in Game 1 and was replaced on the roster by lefty reliever Will Smith. Maxwell headed home for his grandmother’s funeral.
***The bankrupt city of Detroit can still draw WAY more fans than Kansas City. For the day game, the Tigers had an attendance of 38,714. For the nightcap? 40,980.