There’s not much to say about either of the games today. The Tigers only surrendered 5 runs but could only muster 1.
The pitching in both games was good. Even Coke and the Amazing Al pitched well but you’re not going to win many games, or series for that matter, by only scoring 1 run in two games.
In game one, JV was JV. He pitched 8 innings, allowed 2 earned, on 7 hits. He struck out 6 and walked 2. But it’s hard to win when you don’t score any runs. The Tigers were no-hit through the first 5 and 2/3. Miggy broke up the no-no with a two out bullet down the third base line. Royals’ Emilio Bonifacio got his glove on it but it was hit so hard it still rolled into left field.
Danny Duffy was brilliant for the Royals. He allowed no runs, only the Miggy single, walked three and struck out three.
The only run the Tigers got was a solo shot from Ramon Santiago in the 8th.
In game 2, Alvarez, Bonderman, Coke, and Alburquerque allowed only 8 hits. Alavarez gave up the two earned his 5 and 2/3. Bonderman gave up one unearned run aided by his wide pick off throw to first.
In game two the Tigers hit the ball hard but always in the wrong spots. After getting just two hit in the first game, they managed only 4 in the second. So that makes 1 run and 6 hits in 18 innings. That won’t get it done.
The only thing I can think of is that during their 12 game winning streak everything seemed to be going the Tigers’ way. Since they went to New York, things have started to even out, and they’re not getting the breaks.
The good news is that there is still time to win this series, but they’ll wins tomorrow and Sunday to make it happen.
The bats have to wake up and the Tigers have to figure out a way to slow down the running game. The Royals, like just about everyone else, are running on the Tigers at will.
Back at it tomorrow.
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