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OF THE BENGAL BATTERS<<
@ KANSAS CITY, MO:
Booming one day, largely silent
the next has been the recent Tiger
It continued Friday night in a
7-3 loss at Kansas City in the opener
of a 3-game weekend series.
All of Detroit's runs came on a 413-foot Brennan Boesch 3rHR (#5) to RField in
the T-6th. By that time Detroit already trailed 4-0, a lead too big to overcome.
Meantime, the Royals were chipping their way to a win.
KayCee had a 3-R/B-2nd off Tiger starter Max Scherzer (L, 2-5). The Royals
scored on a Yuniesky Betancourt sac-fly, a Jason Kendall RBI-1B to short LField
and a David DeJesus RBI-1B to shallow RField.
Kansas City plated a fourth run off Scherzer in the B-5th on a DeJesus sac-fly.
After Detroit momentarily got close at 4-3/T-6th, the Royals restored their 4-R
bulge with a trio of B-6th tallies, one charged to Scherzer and the other pair to first
Detroit reliever Ryan Perry, who lasted just two-thirds of the frame before getting
KC's B-6th runs came on an RBI-1B to shallow CField by Scott Podsednik and via a
2r1B off the bat of Jason Kendall to short RField. Third Tiger pitcher Fu-Te Ni came
in to pick-off Kendall at 1Base to end the inning.
Kansas City starter Bruce Chen pitched just long enough (5-plus-IP) to qualify for
the win (2-0). Three bullpenners followed with ex-Tiger Kyle Farnsworth serving up
the Boesch homerun, with the first two runs charged to Chen.
The top two hitters in the Royals lineup did the most damage with lead-off man
Podsednik going 2-for-3 and #2 man Kendall 3-for-3. Podsednik had 3-R & 1-RBI with
Kendall collecting 3-RBI. Both also drew a walk. Brett Butler was 2-for-4.
Miguel Cabrera and Boesch each went 2-for-4 and onetime Royal Johnny Damon
2-for-5 at the plate for Detroit. The rest of the Tigers combined for only two more safeties.
DET 3-8-0, 9-LOB (L) Scherzer, 2-5
KC 7-13-1, 5-LOB (W) Chen, 2-0
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: "They kind of nickeled and dimed us a little bit. We hit a
few balls real good, but nothing to show for it. We're a better hitting team than that
...[Scherzer] will not be a finished pitcher until he gets the slider going. He'll be
dynamite then..I thought it was a good opportunity to get Perry going and he left the
ball over the middle of the plate -- which he has been doing. He's struggled and we've
tried to get him going."
TIGERS SP MAX SCHERZER: "Location killed me tonight. I made some mistakes when
I got hit. I got to pitching over the middle of the plate and the Royals did a nice job
TIGERS RP RYAN PERRY: "I definitely feel [his pitches are] getting too much of the plate
...I'm going to come ready to start over tomorrow."
ROYALS SP BRUCE CHEN: "I'm glad the last two times I've started I was able to pitch
well and keep the team in the game. I'm feeling very comfortable with all my pitches.
...The cutter is really helping me and changing speeds is also helping me out. I'm very
excited about the way I'm throwing right now."
ROYALS MGR NED YOST: "Jason [Kendall] big for us. He delivered three big two-out RBIs."
Tigers 2Bman Carlos Guillen sat out with a sore left big toe aftef fouling a pitch off his
dogs Thursday afternoon at home vs Cleveland.
Scherzer is 1-1 in two starts since returning from 3A Toledo. After getting 14-K in his
first game back, Scherzer had only 3-K Friday.
Starting May 26TH at Seattle when Perry was left in by Tiger MGR Jim Leyland to absorb
punishment by the light-hitting Mariners (who scored 4-R/4-ER off Perry in 0.1-IP), the
reliever has been scored upon in four consecutive outings. In that span Perry has yielded
9-R/9-ER in 2.2-IP over four outings for a 30.34-ERA. Prior to that stretch, Perry had given
up only 5-R/5-ER over 18.2-IP in 19-GP for a 2.41-ERA.
In his first Royals appearance since being claimed by Kansas City off waivers from Seattle
on Thursday, Kenekoa Texeira made his Royals debut in a non-save situation in the T-9th.
The only blemish on his record was a dropped flyball by Podsednik in LField for an error as
Texeira closed the contest.
Saturday evening's probable pitchers for the middle game of the series are RHPs Luke
Hochevar (5-3) of the Royals and Justin Verlander 5-4) of the Tigers.
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