FINAL: ROYALS 7, TIGERS 4
Jordan Zimmermann had himself a pretty good night on the mound, but the Tigers bullpen couldn't hold on to the lead as the Tigers fell 7-4 in Kansas City on Wednesday night.
Zimmermann tossed six strong innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a lone walk. He struck out three, and although he threw just 84 pitches, the Tigers didn't want to push it with the recently injured veteran.
With the Tigers leading 3-2, Daniel Stumpf gave up a one-out triple to Alcides Escobar in the seventh. Drew VerHagen, in relief of Stumpf, coughed up the lead when he surrendered a two-run home run to Paulo Orlando with two outs in the inning.
The Tigers got most of their offense in the early innings, getting a pair of RBI singles from Jeimer Candelario in the first and third frames. James McCann pitched in with an RBI double.
Escobar, Orlando and Melky Cabrera all went 2-for-4 with two RBI for the Royals.
Top 9th: Royals 7, Tigers 4
Brandon Maurer got the call for the Royals for what looked to be an easy going ending to tonight's action.
Not so fast.
With one out, Alex Presley singled to right field and Nick Castellanos doubled to left field. After Kansas City made a pitching change and went with Mike Minor, Jeimer Candelario got a run back by grounding into a fielder's choice. 7-4.
James McCann flew out to left field to end the game.
Ian Kinsler grounded out to third to leadoff the frame.
Bottom 8th: Royals 7, Tigers 3
Whit Merrifield reached on an infield single, and Melky Cabrera followed that up with a double to right field against new Tigers reliever Chad Bell. After intentionally walking Eric Hosmer, a wild pitch from Bell scored Merrifield from third to make it 5-3.
Bell reloaded the bases with a walk (non-intentional) of Mike Moustakas. Brandon Moss grounded into a fielder's choice, where Ian Kinsler fired home to get the first out at the plate and save a run.
That's when Shane Greene did his part in the bullpen's meltdown, giving up a two-run double to Alcides Escobar. 7-3.
Luckily for the Tigers, that's where the bleeding stopped, as Greene got Paulo Orlando to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Top 8th: Royals 4, Tigers 3
Dixon Machado notched a two-out single to right field. Andrew Romine followed that with an infield hit to keep the inning alive, but Jose Iglesias grounded out to shortstop to end the inning.
James McCann grounded out to third and Efren Navarro grounded out back to the mound to start the frame.
Bottom 7th: Royals 4, Tigers3
I suppose the Tigers wanted Jordan Zimmermann to leave tonight's game feeling good about his outing, as they lifted him after throwing just 84 pitches through six innings.
Daniel Stumpf got the call in relief, and he gave up a one-out triple to Alcides Escobar. After getting Alex Gordon to ground out to first, Stumpf got the hook.
With two outs and the tying run just 90 feet away, Drew VerHagen came into the game and gave up the go-ahead two-run home run to Paulo Orlando, putting the Royals up 4-3.
Top 7th: Tigers 3, Royals 2
Peter Moylan got the call from the Kansas City bullpen as Jason Hammel saw his night come to an end.
Alex Presley was able to work at two-out walk, as was Nick Castellanos. That led to Moylan getting the hook, but the Tigers weren't able to cash in against Scott Alexander, as Dixon Machado struck out swinging to end the frame.
Jose Iglesias grounded out back to the mound and Ian Kinsler struck out swinging to start the inning.
Bottom 6th: Tigers 3, Royals 2
Melky Cabrera grounded out to second, Eric Hosmer flew out to center field and Mike Moustakas did the same as Jordan Zimmermann continues to build on his solid outing tonight in Kansas City.
Zimmermann's given up two runs on four hits and one walk. He's struck out three and thrown 84 pitches through the sixth.
Top 6th: Tigers 3, Royals 2
Efren Navarro drew a one-out walk after battling back from an 0-2 count. Dixon Machado grounded into a fielder's choice, moving Navarro up to second, but Andrew Romine struck out swinging to end the inning.
James McCann flew out to left to leadoff the frame.
Bottom 5th: Tigers 3, Royals 2
Paulo Orlando notched a one-out single to right field, but Jordan Zimmermann was able to get the next two outs without issue and get out of the inning.
Zimmermann has struck out three, he and has looked a lot better on the mound tonight than Tigers fans are accustomed to. He has issued just one walk.
Top 5th: Tigers 3, Royals 2
Alex Presley grounded out to second, Nick Castellanos struck out swinging and Jeimer Candelario flew out to center field as the Tigers went down in order in the fifth.
Kansas City starter Jason Hammel has thrown 82 pitches.
Bottom 4th: Tigers 3, Royals 2
Mike Moustakas flew out to left field, Brandon Moss grounded out to third and Alcides Escobar grounded out to shortstop as Jordan Zimmermann bounced back in the fourth.
Zimmermann's pitch count is in good shape at 56.
Top 4th: Tigers 3, Royals 2
Andrew Romine grounded out to first, Jose Iglesias grounded out to shortstop and Ian Kinsler struck out looking as the Tigers went down in order in the fourth.
Bottom 3rd: Tigers 3, Royals 2
Alex Gordon singled to center field to leadoff the inning, and after Jordan Zimmermann got the next two outs without issue, Whit Merrfield singled through the middle of the diamond. Melky Cabrera made Zimmermann pay with a two-run single to right field that cut the Tigers lead to 3-2.
Top 3rd: Tigers 3, Royals 0
Alex Presley notched a one-out single through the middle of the diamond. Nick Castellanos followed with a single to left field, and Jeimer Candelario brought him home with his second RBI single of the night, putting the Tigers up 2-0.
James McCann stretched that lead to 3-0 with an RBI single of his own to left field.
With runners on second and third, Efren Navarro struck out swinging and Dixon Machado grounded out to third to end the inning.
Ian Kinsler popped out to leadoff the frame.
Bottom 2nd: Tigers 1, Royals 0
Mike Moustakas drew a leadoff walk from Jordan Zimmeramann, but the Tigers starter bounced back to get Brandon Moss to ground into a double play. Alcides Escobar flew out to center field to end the inning.
Top 2nd: Tigers 1, Royals 0
Dixon Machado struck out looking to leadoff the frame, Andrew Romine grounded out to shortstop and Jose Iglesias flew out to right field as Jason Hammel bounced back from a rocky first frame.
Bottom 1st: Tigers 1, Royals 0
Whit Merrifield flew out to center field, Melky Cabrera flew out to left field and Eric Hosmer grounded out back to the mound as Jordan Zimmermann got off to a solid start tonight in Kansas City.
Top 1st: Tigers 1, Royals 0
Ian Kinsler drew a four-pitch walk from Jason Hammel to leadoff the game, and Alex Presley followed with a single to left field to give the Tigers two men on base for Nick Castellanos. Castellanos drilled a ball to right-center, but Paulo Orlando made a spectacular sliding catch to rob the Tigers' right fielder of two RBI. Kinsler moved up on the play. With runners on the corners, Jeimer Candelario drove in the first run of the night, giving the Tigers a 1-0 lead.
The Tigers weren't able to add to their lead with two men on, as James McCann struck out and Efren Navarro grounded out to let Hammel off the hook.
TIGERS AT ROYALS
First pitch: 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.
TV/radio: Fox Sports Detroit/97.1 FM
Records: The Tigers are 62-95, fifth place in the American League Central Division, 36 games behind the Cleveland Indians. The Royals are 77-80, third place in the AL Central, 21 games behind the Indians.
1. Ian Kinsler, 2B
2. Alex Presley, LF
3. Nick Castellanos, RF
4. Jeimer Candelario, 3B
5. James McCann, C
6. Efren Navarro, 1B
7. Dixon Machado, DH
8. Andrew Romine, CF
9. Jose Iglesias, SS
SP: Jordan Zimmermann, RHP
1. Whit Merrifield, 2B
2. Melky Cabrera, RF
3. Eric Hosmer, DH
4. Mike Moustakas, 3B
5. Brandon Moss, 1B
6. Alcides Escobar, SS
7. Alex Gordon, LF
8. Paulo Orlando, CF
9. Drew Butera, C
SP: Jason Hammel, RHP