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Royals Drop Opener in Detroit

-Royals (10-8) dropped the opener in Detroit, 7-5.

-Wade Davis made his first start since last Wednesday in Atlanta, and was helped out by some tremendous defense early. Alex Gordon (1-for-4) and Eric Hosmer (1-for-1) made an extra-base saving catch/stab in the 1st and 2nd innings, respectively.

-The Tigers put the first run on the board in the 2nd inning. After Hosmer's stab on a liner down the line to retire Victor Martinez, Wade Davis got Andy Dirks to ground out. Jhonny Peralta reached on a two-out single, and then Alex Avila walked. Omar Infante singled to left field to plate Peralta and give Detroit a 1-0 lead.

-The Royals bats exploded in the 3rd, getting to Max Scherzer for four runs. Salvador Perez (2-for-4) led off with a single to right, followed by another single to right field by Chris Getz (1-for-3). Gordon followed suit with a single to right, driving in Perez. Alcides Escobar (2-for-5) continued the onslaught with a single to the left field, scoring Getz. Billy Butler (1-for-5) made it five straight hits with a single to center, scoring Gordon. The final run came on a sacrifice fly from Eric Hosmer, and the Royals led 4-1.

-Detroit got two back in the bottom of the third as Wade Davis continued to struggle with his command. He got Torii Hunter to ground out, but an absolute blast of a double to center from Miguel Cabrera was followed by a walk to Prince Fielder. Victor Martinez drove Caberera in with a double to right field. Jhonny Peralta hit a two-out single to right that scored Fielder, but Jeff Francoeur (0-for-4) gunned down Martinez at the plate to end the inning. The Royals still led 4-3.

-KC was sat down in order in the 4th, but the same couldn't be said out the Tigers in the 4th. Wade Davis started the inning by walking Avila, and then giving up a single to Infante. An Austin Jackson ground ball to third was played by Mike Moustakas (0-for-4) and he made the tag on Avila to get the lead-off runner. 

-That set the stage for the play of the game. With one out and runners on 2nd and 3rd, Torii Hunter grounded to Moustakas, but it went right through his legs, and allowed Infante to score. It was a tailormade 5-4-3 double play that could have ended the inning. 
-It only got worse from there. Miguel Cabrera plated Jackson with a sacrifice fly to center field. Davis walked Fielder, and then gave up a RBI single to Victor Martinez. That would end the day for Wade Davis. His final line showed 3.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 2 K on 95 pitches.

-Luis Mendoza came in relief and walked Dirks. He then walked in a run after a tough battle with Peralta. Mendoza ended the day after throwing 2.1 IP, 1 H, 3 BB, 2 K on 47 pitches.

-In the 5th inning, which would turn out to be Scherzer's final frame, the Royals got a back-to-back walks from Getz and Gordon to lead off the inning. Escobar singled to load the bases, but Butler dribbled one to Scherzer who tossed it home for the easy out at the plate. The bases-loaded threat wouldn't pass by as Scherzer walked Hosmer to make it 7-5 Tigers. Lorenzo Cain (0-for-3) and Francoeur struck out to end the inning.

-Moustakas' night only got worse in the 7th inning. He came to bat with two outs and runners on first and second, but popped out in front of home plate to end the last threat the Royals would make.

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People : Alex AvilaAlex GordonAndy DirksBilly ButlerChris GetzEric HosmerFielderJeff FrancoeurJhonny PeraltaLorenzo CainLuis MendozaMax ScherzerMiguel CabreraMike MoustakasOmar InfantePrinceSalvador PerezTorii HunterVictor MartinezWade Davis

04/24/2013 11:21PM
Royals Drop Opener in Detroit
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