Royals 6, Tigers 1: Oh-for-KC
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22 Sep 2021, 08:50

Ichiro Suzuki once mentioned his favourite English expression involved the description of how hot day games in Kansas City are  Well, today in KC was one of those days, and the Tigers certainly felt the heat as they were defeated 6-1, and thus swept by the Royals in the three-game weekend series.The starting pitching matchup was Tarik Skubal for the Tigers and Daniel Lynch for the Royals; two young, highly-touted lefties. Lynch had three starts back in May that didn’t go very well, but today would be a different story.The Royals wasted no time getting on the board in the first, with a pair of singles preceding a three-run home run by Salvador Perez Gregory Soto Jersey. Jorge Soler followed with a solo shot of his own, and it was 4-0 before you were able to finish pouring your first beverage of the afternoon. Skubal then settled down and retired the next three batters, and had a 1-2-3 second.In the fourth, Soler struck again with another solo home run, widening the gap to 5-0. By this point in the game, Skubal was just reaching back and just givin’ ’er with his fastball, touching 99 mph. Dan Petry on the radio broadcast observed that Skubal’s arm was noticeably slower on the curveball, so that might be something he wants to work on.Skubal was done after five, and his outing was... strange. The first four batters he faced scored, Soler hit his second home run, and no other runner reached base. His final line: 5 innings, 5 hits, 5 runs, no walks, 4 strikeouts, and 3 home runs surrendered. When he wasn’t giving up home runs, he was as smooth as a well-kneaded lump of bread dough.  Anyway, doesn’t speak well of the early game plan and execution in terms of command. There was also a lengthy discussion between innings at one point between AJ Hinch, Skubal, and the home plate umpire, regarding use of the rosin bag on a sweltering day where grip was an issue.In the top of the sixth, the Tigers got their first two runners on via a pair of singles from Derek Hill and Akil Baddoo. Jonathan Schoop grounded into a double play, with Hill taking third. Eric Haase struck out, and that was that.Erasmo Ramirez took over in the sixth. Unlike his predecessor, he limited Soler to a single; the inning was otherwise rather uneventful.The Royals padded their lead in the seventh against Derek Holland, when Jarrod Dyson singled to Hill in shallow centre, and Michael A. Taylor took advantage of a lazy throw back to the infield to score from second, making it 6-0.Lynch, meanwhile, threw eight shutout innings, didn’t walk anyone, and scattered five hits. There wasn’t much hard contact, save for a couple of long fly balls. That one goes in his diary, for sure.Ian Krol’s Sunday went a lot better than his Saturday: flyout, strikeout, strikeout. All three of those batters were righties, too. Also, how about that, Krol’s ERA is now down to 3.86.Lynch gave way to Ervin Santana in the ninth, and the Tigers finally got off the schneid: Schoop doubled to lead off the inning, and Haase singled to centre to drive him in.
(This post was last modified: 22 Sep 2021, 08:51 by Robak.)

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