Three run first, seven no-hit innings enough for Royals to beat Tigers

With a sellout crowd on hand at the K, the KC Royals pushed three runs across in the first and never looked back in their 4-1 victory over Detroit.

With two outs and nobody on base in the bottom of the first, Lorenzo Cain started the rally with a single. Eric Hosmer reached on a bunt single, and both scored on a Kendrys Morales double. Salvador Perez followed with an RBI single and the Royals were off and running.

Morales drove in another run in the third with a single.

Royals right-hander Chris Young pitching on the backfields during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

Royals right-hander Chris Young pitching on the backfields during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

With Edinson Volquez still serving his five-game suspension (he will start tomorrow), the Royals turned to reliever Chris Young to make Friday night’s start against the mighty Tigers. Young more than held his own.

Young did not allow a hit over the first five innings. NO HITS! He did walk three while striking out nine. NINE! He struck out two batters each in the first two innings.

The only inning that he struggled was the fourth, when he walked three in a row after starting the inning with a strikeout. After a coaching visit, Young went on to strike out the next two batters to end the inning (JD Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes).

Young threw 51 of his 81 pitches for strikes.

With all the pressure to keep the no-hitter in tact, Ryan Madson then threw two perfect innings of relief. Madson threw 14 of his 23 pitches for strikes. He struck out one and induced three ground outs in facing the 1-6 hitters in the Tigers lineup.

Then Kelvin Herrera entered in the eighth.

Herrera walked the first batter he faced and then gave up back-to-back singles, ending the combined no-hitter. A ground out put the Tigers on the board. After a coaching visit, he walked the next batter to load the bases for Miguel Cabrera. Herrera found a groove and struck out Miggy and got Victor Martinez to fly out to escape further damage.

Wade Davis earned his fifth save of the season, though it was a bit of a nail biter. With one out, the Tigers had runners at the corners for Nick Castellanos. Davis struck him out and then got Alex Avila to ground out to end the game.

 

*Shortstop Alcides Escobar was placed on the seven-day concussion DL. Orlando Calixte was called up for the second time to take his place. Christian Colon continues to play shortstop.

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About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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