Game 2015.31: Royals at Tigers

Yesterday’s game was looking like it was going to be a reverse of the series in Kansas City, with the Tigers opening up with a blowout, but it turned into a close game with an unusual and exciting finish. After Gose led off the inning with a double, Ian Kinsler laid down the perfect bunt to advance him to 3rd, but and ill-advised throw to first went astray, and Gose scampered home. Nothing like a walk off bunt!

Some commenter here had voiced concerns that Kinsler had no power this season, but I’ll take a singles-hitting Kinsler, especially behind the speedy two-headed leadoff platoon. Gose and Kinsler were a combined 7-for-8 for the game, which moved Gose up to the 3rd most valuable Tiger by WAR, right behind the aforementioned Kinsler.

The win didn’t come without a price though–David Price stepped on a stray bat going to cover home and injured his hamstring, although¬†Price is optimistic¬†that he will recover in time for his next start.

The injury news is worse for Alex Avila, who sat out yesterday’s game with a forearm bruise, after taking a foul ball off the arm on Thursday. While he was out he had an MRI on a knee that was bothering him: “loose bodies” were found, and he is going to have surgery to remove them. He is on the 15-day DL, but will likely be out 6 weeks.The Tigers have recalled Bryan Holaday from Toledo. We will be getting a very good look at James McCann now.

Today’s It’s Somebody’s-Birthday-In-Dallas Lineup:

  1. Anthony Gose, CF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. Yoenis Cespedes, LF
  6. JD Martinez, RF
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  8. James McCann, C
  9. Andrew Romine, SS

 

Still no Iglesias..

6 thoughts on “Game 2015.31: Royals at Tigers”

  1. Good write up Colman and kudos giving Kinsler credit. Not only his bat, but he seals the deal at second base. Meanwhile I was going to ask all if V-mart’s low average was impacting Cabrera’s plate appearances. However I saw a stat on TV that V-Mart is hitting 0.455 in the last three games.

  2. Sanchez had gone 57 2/3 innings of homer-less ball against KC, before the 1st pitch of this game

  3. Gee the Sluggos put up 2 runs…what a surprize!

    The best news though is JD improved his May batting average by 35 points today up to .035. He is on his way.

  4. I can hardly wait for tomorrow night when Cy Young unleashes that 85mph fastball to carve up the Tigers like he does Everytime!!!!!

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