Royals drop series opener to Tigers

The KC Royals lost their series opener to division rival Detroit, 6-5.

Things did not start out well for Royals starter Johnny Cueto, as he allowed three runs on six hits over the first two innings.

thumb downUnlike his last two starts, Cueto settled down to last six innings. Though he allowed another run, he only allowed three more hits and did not walk a batter.

 

  • Alex Gordon made his return with many standing ovations. He drove in the Royals first run with a sac fly in the 2nd inning.

  • The Royals and Tigers traded scores in the second, fourth, and seventh innings. The Royals cut the deficit to one run in the eighth, as Lorenzo Cain led off with a single. With two outs, Gordon moved Cain to third base with a single. Salvador Perez drove in the run with a single.

Manager Ned Yost surprisingly went to work with his bench, using Paulo Orlando to pinch run for Gordon in the eighth. Terrance Gore then pinch ran for Perez. After a pitching change, Yost then pinch-hit Mike Moustakas for Omar Infante (but Moose grounded out). Unfortunately, the moves did not pay off.

In the top of the ninth, Ben Zobrist moved from third base to second base, Orlando stayed in to play left field, Drew Butera came in to catch, and Cheslor Cuthbert came in to play third base.

Zobrist walked with two outs in the ninth and stole second base, but LoCain grounded out to end the game.

 

  • Royals starter Miguel Almonte pitching in the AFL (screenshot via MLB.com).

    Royals starter Miguel Almonte pitching in the AFL (screenshot via MLB.com).

    It was not a good Major League debut for righty Miguel Almonte, who entered from the bullpen to start the 7th inning. Anthony Gose led off with a single and Ian Kinsler deposited a home run over the left field wall. With two outs, he walked Victor Martinez, before inducing a ground out to end the inning.

Almonte threw 31 pitches, 18 for strikes. He did however, get Miguel Cabrera to line out.

  • Jeremy Guthrie dazzled in his two perfect innings of relief. He threw just 22 pitches and struck out one.
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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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