MLB Game Recap - Kansas City at Detroit
Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:10 PM EDT

COL
5
OAK
1
F
ARI
4
TEX
7
F
WSH
4
TOR
0
F(10)
CHW
4
CLE
0
F
CHC
7
CIN
12
F
MIL
3
PIT
0
F
BOS
6
NYM
5
F
LAD
4
HOU
2
F(13)
TB
4
ATL
7
F
KC
4
DET
5
F
NYY
9
BAL
3
F
STL
0
MIN
3
F
SD
6
SF
7
F
SEA
10
LAA
7
F

July 29, 2020 7:10 PM

Final

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

R

H

E

Kansas City (2-4)

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

9

1

Detroit (4-2)

0

0

1

0

3

0

1

0

x

5

4

0

W: Garcia (1-0)

L: Kennedy (0-1)

S: Jimenez (4)

KC - HR: none

DET - HR: Schoop (2) , Jones (3)

Tigers rally from early deficit, beat Royals 5-4
Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:51 PM

DETROIT (AP) JaCoby Jones hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the seventh inning, and Detroit's bullpen came through again in a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

A night after pitching six scoreless innings in a win over the Royals, the Tigers' relievers held Kansas City without a baserunner for four. Detroit rallied from a 4-0 deficit thanks in large part to Jones, who doubled twice before connecting off Ian Kennedy (0-1) for his third homer of the year.

"Obviously, it felt great," Jones said. "We were battling. Our pitching staff kept us in the game. They were grinding, getting outs."

Jonathan Schoop also went deep for the Tigers. Maikel Franco hit two doubles and a single for Kansas City, and Whit Merrifield had two hits and scored twice.

Bryan Garcia (1-0) earned his first big league win, one of four Detroit relievers who pitched in the game. Joe Jimenez worked the ninth for his fourth save.

"Bryan was fantastic tonight," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "Came in and the ball was really jumping out of his hand."

Danny Duffy allowed only three hits in five innings for the Royals, but one of them was Schoop's two-run shot in the fifth, which barely made it past a leaping Merrifield at the wall in right and tied the game at 4. Duffy struck out eight with one walk.

"I felt confident with what I was doing out there, it just didn't go our way and it's unacceptable," Duffy said. "To have that kind of stuff tonight, got to go deeper in the game, man. Brutal. Got to go deeper in the game."

Merrifield is now 22 for 42 against Detroit's Matthew Boyd after going 2 for 3 against him Wednesday. He led off the game with a double and scored on Franco's two-base hit. Merrifield also singled to start the third and scored on a single by Franco. Ryan McBroom's RBI single made it 4-0 in the third.

Detroit chipped away with sacrifice flies by Schoop in the third and Niko Goodrum in the fifth. Then Schoop went deep to tie it.

The Tigers have homered in every game so far this season after finishing last in the AL in that category in 2019.

Boyd allowed four runs and nine hits in five innings for Detroit. He struck out six.

Jones was hit up high by a pitch in Tuesday's game. He was able to keep playing but still wasn't pleased a day later.

"You get pitched up and in all the time, and these guys are the ones that pitched up and in on me last year and broke my wrist," Jones said. "To get hit in the face yesterday just topped it off, but I mean, I'm over it."

LINEUP CHANGE

Adalberto Mondesi was 2 for 21 on the season coming into the game - and made a baserunning blunder in the ninth inning Tuesday night. The Royals dropped him from third to sixth in the batting order Wednesday, and he tripled in the second and scored on Bubba Starling's sacrifice fly.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: Gardenhire said RHP Dario Agrazal, who went on the 10-day injured list Monday, has forearm tendinitis.

UP NEXT

Royals rookie Brady Singer (0-0) makes his second career start Thursday night against Detroit's Ivan Nova (0-0).

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Pitchers of Record

Kansas City IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
I. Kennedy (L, 0-1) 1 1 1 0 2 9.00 1.000
Detroit IP H ER BB K ERA WHIP
B. Garcia (W, 1-0) 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.000
J. Jimenez (S, 4) 1 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.000

Batting Leaders

Kansas City AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
M. Franco 4 3 0 0 2 0 5 0 3.8
W. Merrifield 4 2 2 0 0 0 3 0 1.5
Detroit AB H R HR RBI BB TB SB RC
J. Jones 3 3 2 1 1 0 8 0 8.0
J. Schoop 3 1 1 1 3 0 4 0 1.1

Team Comparison

KC DET
At Bats 35 27
Hits 9 4
Batting Average .257 .148
On Base Percentage .250 .219
Slugging Percentage 0.400 0.444
Doubles 3 2
Triples 1 0
Home Runs 0 2
Total Bases 14 12
Walks 0 2
Strikeouts 6 12
Stolen Bases 0 0
Caught Stealing 0 0
Runners Left On Base 5 3
Hits / At Bats with Runners In Scoring Position 3/12 1/3
Double Plays Fielded 0 0
Errors 1 0

2020 Regular Season - DET Leads Series 2-1

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
Wed Jul 29 KC 4 @ DET 5 B. Garcia I. Kennedy

Game Information

Stadium: Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
Attendance: 0
Game Time: 2:40
Weather: 85F, Clear
Wind:
Umpires: Home Plate - ?, First Base - ?, Second Base - ?, Third Base - ?