The Detroit Tigers started the season series against the Kansas City Royals by sweeping the three game set. The Tigers improved their record to 7-3 while the Royals fell to 2-6 on the season.
The first game of the series featured Jakob Junis facing off against Spencer Turnbull and they matched each other inning for inning. Both pitchers completed six inning and also gave up three runs. The only real difference between the two was Turnbull struck out 10 batters compared to Junis’ 8. The turning point in the game was the 7th inning in which Kyle Zimmer walked the only three batters he faced. Kevin McCarthy tried to bail him out but walked a run in and allowed a sacrifice fly to Christin Stewart which ultimately the difference.
Game 2 of the series was a match-up of Jorge Lopez and Matt Moore. Moore only managed to complete three innings due to a knee injury but Jorge Lopez turned in a quality start and only gave up one earned run in six innings. The Royals managed to hit three HR’s (Jorge Soler, Whit Merrifield, and Hunter Dozier) against the Tigers relievers but it ultimately wasn’t enough. Unfortunately for the Royals the bullpen once again let them down in the 7th inning and gave up a Grand Slam to Christin Stewart. Shane Greene had a clean 9th inning to obtain his 6th save on the year.
The final game of the series was a pitching duel between the Royals Brad Keller and the Tigers Tyson Ross. Ross ended up winning the duel by only giving up one run in seven innings while Keller gave up three in six innings pitched. Once again Christin Stewart was the difference in this game with an RBI Triple in the second inning and a RBI single in the sixth inning. While Billy Hamilton and Whit Merrifield combined to go 6 for 7 in this game, the middle of the lineup failed to bring them home enough to win. Once again Shane Green shut the door in the 9th to collect his 7th save on the year.
MVP of the Series
OF Christin Stewart–5-10(.500) 2-2B 1-3B 1-HR