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caption: BLOOMQUIST'S BASH
BEAT THE BENGALS IN 12-INN<<
@ COMERICA PARK:
The Royals played their fourth
extra inning game in five days and
came from behind to edge the Tigers
4-3 in 12-INN Wednesday afternoon.
The Royals win ruined a possibly perfect Detroit homestand as the Tigs finished
5-1 against AL-Central also-rans Cleveland and Kansas City.
The Royals won for the third time in their recent four overtime affairs via a
T-12th solo homer to the LField seats by KC's Willie Bloomquist (#3) off sixth Tiger
pitcher Alfredo Figaro (L, 0-1).
The Tigers got their sixth consecutive quality start courtesy of Armando
Galarraga (who started the string), but failed to extend their win streak to six
games when the bullpen gave away a 3-0 lead in the late stages.
The Tigers opened the B-2nd with four hits from the first five batters,
three of those for extra bases, to produce a trio of runs. Brennan Boesch
doubled to the RCField gap and went to third on a Ryan Raburn single. One
out later both runners scored on a Ramon Santiago triple to the RField
corner. Santiago came home on a hustle double to LField by Gerald Laird.
However, Detroit would not score again.
From that point on Royals starter Sean O'Sullivan settled down and retired
11 Tigers in a row until Johnny Damon opened the B-6th by reaching base on
Galarraga was on a mid-game roll too, retiring nine in a row and 13-of-14
with only a 1-W interruption from the T-2nd through the T-6th. That run abruptly
ended when Kila Ka'aihue cranked a lead-off homerun (#2) 373-feet into the RField
The next two KayCee batters banged out singles, but Detroit escaped further
damage by striking-out the side with Galarraga getting the first whiff and reliever
Phil Coke the next two.
The Royals tied the game in the T-8th. Mike Aviles led-off the frame with a single
off third Tiger hurler Ryan Perry, but Perry recorded the next two outs including 1-K.
Tiger MGR Jim Leyland then brought on closer Jose Valverde for a 4-out save try for
the fifth time this season. Valverde served-up back-to-back RBI-2Bs which deadlocked
the game before he escaped the inning. Ka'aihue doubled down the RField line to plate
Aviles. Brayan Pena then two-baggered over the head of Detroit CFielder Austin Jackson
to bring in Kaiaihue and tie the contest.
While Valverde was brought on to get four outs, he only got one and Brad Thomas
came in to pitch a perfect T-9th before Figaro threw three extra relief innings.
KayCee long reliever Phillip Humber went 3-IP to get the win (1-0). Joakim Soria threw
a perfect B-12th with 2-K bookended around a groundout to get the save (#36).
Four Royals including Ka'aihue (2-for-4) had a pair of hits each.
Half of the 10 Detroit safeties and all three RBIs came from the bottom two batters in
the Bengal line-up with Santiago going 3-for-5 and Laird 2-for-5.
The Tigers are 6-6 vs the Royals this season, 3-3 both at home and on the road, with
a half dozen meetings remaining between the AL-Central rivals.
Detroit fell back to a game below .500 at 63-64.
12-INN.....KC 4-11-1, 11-LOB (W) Humber, 1-0; (S) Soria, #36
DET 3-10-0, 9-LOB (L) Figaro, 0-1
TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND: "[Valverde] had some issues, but his splitter's not darting like it
was before, and I think that's the biggest issue...It was a game that we...just let get away."
TIGERS RP JOSE VALVERDE: "You have to be ready for the hitters. And these guys hit my
best pitch, a split-finger. Nothing I can do. What I can do?"
TIGERS CA GERALD LAIRD: "This one definitely hurts. Another four outs and you win six in
a row right here at home and kind of get the momentum going on to the road."
ROYALS 3B WILLIE BLOOMQUIST: "I don't hit too many, but I thought I got all of it [on his
GW-HR]. That's probably as far as I can hit a ball."
ROYALS MGR NED YOST: "When they scored three in the second inning, I'm thinking to myself,
Here we go again...But our pitchers did a good job. We held them in check."
Valverde blew his first Tiger save opportunity April 7th at Kansas City in the the
season-opening series, converted 24 in a row, then had his second blown save of the
season vs the Royals Wednesday.
Jackson's INF-1B to open the B-1st made it six straight games on the homestand he
reached base in Detroit's initial at-bat.
The Tigers are now 3-5 this year in extra inning games.
Royals MGR Ned Yost earned his 499th MLB career win in the extra inning decision.
The Wednesday matinee announced attendance of 31,231 was the largest of the 3-game
Ka'aihue's homer was his second in as many days and the third of his MLB career.
Before his GW-HR, Bloomquist made the game's only error, but also started an inning-
ending double play in the B-11th.
The Tigers begin a 10 game road trip with a 4-game series at Toronto starting Thursday
night. The probable pitching match-ups are: Blue Jays LHP Ricky Romero (10-7, 3.50) vs
Tiger RHP Max Scherzer (9-9, 3.73) Thursday; T-O RHP Shaun Marcum (11-7, 3.70) vs RHP
Justin Verlander (14-8, 3.65) Friday evening; Jays RHP Brandon Morrow (9-6, 4.39) vs DET
RHP Jeremy Bonderman (7-9, 5.27) Saturday afternoon; Toronto LHP Mark Rzepczynski
(1-2, 6.31) vs Tigs RHP Rick Porcello (6-11, 5.43) in a Sunday matinee.
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