Royals vs. Tigers – Match Recap – September 24, 2021

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DETROIT – – Carlos Hernandez pitched five white innings and Whit Merrifield scored two runs as the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 3-1 on Friday night.

The win took the series of the season for the Royals, who led 10-7 with two games to go.

Hernandez allowed two hits, walked three and hit a batter, a start after allowing seven runs in four innings against the Oakland A’s. Four relievers finished, Scott Barlow pitching the ninth for his 15th save.

“I had 10 days off so nothing happened in the first run,” Hernandez said. “But once I got through this round, I felt really good for the rest of my start.”

Casey Mize of Detroit allowed a run on two hits in three innings in his 29th start of the season. Detroit’s top young pitcher works as an opener to cut his sleeves.

“My goal at the start of the season was 30, so as long as nothing happens, I’ll get there,” he said. “Considering all the great players who missed out on time last season and this one, I’m proud that I got to go out every five, six or seven days and take the ball.”

The Tigers had their best shot against Hernandez in the first, charging in with two strikeouts on a batter and two walks. Harold Castro lined up on the right, ending the threat.

“I thought we had some really good batting sticks in this round,” Tigers manager AJ Hinch said. “Hunter Dozier made two great captures on the online orders or it would have been a whole different game.”

The Royals made it 1-0 in the third inning on a sacrificial ball from Merrifield. The Tigers tied on Eric Haase’s RBI single against Domingo Tapia (4-0) in the sixth.

Kansas City regained the lead in seventh against Alex Lange (0-3) when Adalberto Mondesi trebled and scored on Ryan O’Hearn’s single in the infield.

“There’s a lot of luck when it comes to whether the balls are going to fall for you,” O’Hearn said. “If I hit that ball four feet to the left, it’s just an infielder and we’re not talking right now. It’s not like I can aim for the ball well.

Niko Goodrum led late in the heat with a double, but was sent off for third place.

“It seemed to me that Niko was planning to stop in second place, but Ramon (Santiago) thought he could do it and motioned for him to continue,” Hinch said. “He didn’t take a good jump when he tried to continue.”

Kyle Isbel started the eighth with another triple and scored on Merrifield’s second sacrifice end of the game.

“Isbel goes up there and he loses 0-2 before even settling in,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said. “But he hung on, took a few tight throws and found something he could hit the other way around. It’s a huge hit at bat, just like Ryan had done in the previous round.

Royals shortstop Nicky Lopez went 0 for 4, ending his 31-game base streak.

The start of the match was delayed by 11 minutes by a long celebration of Miguel Cabera’s 500th home run. Cabrera collected his 2,980th hit with a single in the sixth inning. He also managed a pair of double plays.

MOVES

The Royals placed OF Michael Taylor on the mourners list and recalled Edward Oliveres from Triple-A Omaha.

RETURN FROM ILLNESS

Tigers reliever Joe Jimenez pitched a scoreless ninth – his first appearance since entering the COVID-19 roster on September 4.

“Due to the timing and the weather, we weren’t able to give Joe a rehab outing so it was great to see him come out and throw a nice round,” Hinch said.

FOLLOWING

The teams continue their three-game streak on Saturday. Detroit’s Tarik Skubal (8-12, 4.25) will face Jonathan Heasley (0-1, 9.00) of the Royals.

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