MLB Game Recap - Kansas City at Detroit
Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:10 PM EDT

CHW
3
CLE
4
F
TOR
5
WSH
1
F
ATL
2
TB
5
F
CHC
8
CIN
5
F
MIL
6
PIT
8
F
CHW
3
CLE
5
F
KC
3
DET
4
F
NYM
8
BOS
3
F
STL
3
MIN
6
F
ARI
4
TEX
1
F
LAD
5
HOU
2
F
COL
8
OAK
3
F
SEA
2
LAA
10
F
SD
5
SF
3
F
NYY
PHI
PPD
BAL
MIA
PPD

July 28, 2020 7:10 PM

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Kansas City (2-3)

0

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

5

1

Detroit (3-2)

0

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

x

4

6

3

W: Alexander (1-0)

L: Zuber (0-1)

S: Jimenez (3)

KC - HR: Merrifield (2)

DET - HR: Stewart (1) , Schoop (1)

Tigers' bullpen sharp in 4-3 win over Royals
Tue Jul 28, 2020 10:47 PM

DETROIT (AP) Jonathan Schoop and Christin Stewart each hit a two-run homer in the third inning to lift the Detroit Tigers to a 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.

Whit Merrifield launched a three-run shot in the top of the third for Kansas City, but the Tigers answered quickly and held on from there. Tyler Alexander (1-0) and four other relievers kept the Royals scoreless for the final six innings, with Joe Jimenez pitching the ninth for his third save.

There were a pair of blunders in the ninth on the same play when Detroit first baseman C.J. Cron dropped a popup hit by Adalberto Mondesi, but Mondesi rounded first too far and was thrown out before he could get back to the bag.

Rony Garcia worked the first three innings for Detroit in his major league debut. The 22-year-old right-hander looked sharp until the third. That's when Brett Phillips hit a grounder that bounced off Cron for an error - and after Garcia retrieved the ball, his throw to first sailed past for another error.

That play left runners on second and third with one out, and Merrifield followed with a drive to left that made it 3-0. Garcia recovered to strike out his final two hitters.

"It was a very happy experience. It's something that I've been dreaming since I was a kid," Garcia said through a translator. "I felt very happy being on the mound and saying, finally, 'I made it. I'm a major leaguer."'

Kansas City starter Kyle Zimmer pitched two scoreless innings, then hit JaCoby Jones with a pitch to start the Detroit third. Tyler Zuber (0-1) relieved and allowed the homers to Schoop and Stewart.

Mondesi went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts and the baserunning mistake. Royals manager Mike Matheny said he's pressing.

"We're just going to continue to talk to him, (let) him breathe a little bit," Matheny said. "He's such a pure and natural player, everything he does. I know there are things right now he's not happy with."

TAKING THE FIFTH

Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire wouldn't say much about the progress of top pitching prospect Casey Mize, who was left off the active roster for the start of the season. Mize was the top pick in the 2018 amateur draft, and Detroit fans are eagerly anticipating his big league debut - whenever it happens.

"He's fine. He's doing great," Gardenhire said when asked about Mize before Tuesday's game. "Not allowed to talk about him. I get in trouble every time I do."

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: LHP Foster Griffin (strained left forearm) was put on the injured list after getting the win in his big league debut Monday night. LHP Mike Montgomery (strained lat) went on the IL as well. He was the starter Monday. Kansas City recalled OF Nick Heath and RHP Jake Newberry.

Tigers: Gardenhire said RHP Dario Agrazal will likely stop throwing for a few days after missing a scheduled start Tuesday with a forearm strain. "I don't think there was a tear or anything like that. It's just a strain," Gardenhire said.

UP NEXT

Detroit's Matthew Boyd (0-1) takes on Kansas City's Danny Duffy (0-1) in a matchup of left-handers Wednesday night.

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Pitchers of Record

Kansas City IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
T. Zuber (L, 0-1) 1 2 3 1 1 27.00 3.000
Detroit IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
T. Alexander (W, 1-0) 2 2 0 0 2 0.00 1.000
J. Jimenez (S, 3) 1 0 0 0 1 0.00 0.000

Batting Leaders

Kansas City AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
W. Merrifield 4 1 1 1 3 0 4 0 1.0
B. Phillips 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0.5
Detroit AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
J. Schoop 3 1 1 1 2 0 4 0 2.1
C. Stewart 3 1 1 1 2 0 4 0 1.3

Team Comparison

KC DET
At Bats 31 27
Hits 5 6
Batting Average .161 .222
On Base Percentage .161 .382
Slugging Percentage 0.258 0.481
Doubles 0 1
Triples 0 0
Home Runs 1 2
Total Bases 8 13
Walks 0 4
Strikeouts 9 4
Stolen Bases 1 0
Caught Stealing 0 0
Runners Left On Base 1 6
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 1/2 0/6
Double Plays Fielded 8 5
Errors 1 3

2020 Regular Season - Series Tied 1-1

Date Result Winner Loser
Mon Jul 27 KC 14 @ DET 6 F. Griffin K. Funkhouser
Tue Jul 28 KC 3 @ DET 4 T. Alexander T. Zuber

Game Information

Stadium: Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
Attendance: 0
Game Time: 2:25
Weather: 86F, Partly Cloudy
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?