Detroit 3, Kansas City 2

Boxscore | Recap
Monday, April 16, 2012 8:10 PM
Location - Kauffman Stadium
Temperature - 64°
Umpires - Home Plate - Wally Bell, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Mike Winters,
Attendance - 14039

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Detroit 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 3 7 0
Kansas City 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 7 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Detroit 7-3 5-1 2-2 W2
Kansas City 3-7 0-4 3-3 L5

Recap


Tigers 3, Royals 2:
Justin Verlander survived a ninth-inning rally at Kansas City, holding on for his first win of the season as Detroit sent the Royals to their fifth consecutive defeat.

After Humberto Quintero’s two-out RBI single made it a one-run game, Kansas City loaded the bases after Verlander (1-1) walked Mitch Maier and hit Alcides Escobar with the next pitch. The reigning American League MVP and Cy Young winner then fell behind Alex Gordon before ending the game with a pair of called strikes.

Verlander threw 131 pitches, the most by any starter in the major leagues this season. He allowed seven hits and a pair of walks while striking out nine.

Brandon Inge delivered what proved to be the decisive blow in a pitchers’ duel, driving a 1-0 pitch from Danny Duffy (1-1) over the center-field wall with one out in the top of the fifth inning. Jhonny Peralta, who went 3-for-4, had led off with a double.

Duffy, who was matching Verlander pitch for pitch before Inge’s home run, departed after 6 2/3 innings having allowed three runs on seven hits. He finished with one walk and seven strikeouts.

The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on Austin Jackson’s leadoff homer, but the Royals drew even in the bottom of the frame on Billy Butler’s RBI single.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Verlander improved to 14-2 in 20 career starts against Kansas City ... The Royals fell to 0-4 at home to start the season ... Butler, who had a pair of hits, improved his career average against Verlander to .372 (16-for-43).

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Detroit   Kansas City
Justin Verlander Player Danny Duffy
Win W/L Loss
9.0 IP 6.2
9 Strikeouts 7
7 Hits 7
2.00 ERA 4.05
Hitting
Detroit   Kansas City
Jhonny Peralta Player Mitch Maier
3 Hits 2
0 RBI 0
0 HR 0
5 TB 2
.750 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Detroit 7 2 15 .219 11 9 3 3 0 0
Kansas City 7 0 8 .212 16 9 2 2 2 0

Upcoming Games

  • Kansas City will play their next game at home against Detroit. The Royals have a W/L % of .250 after a win and .333 after a loss.
  • Detroit will play their next game on the road against Kansas City. The Tigers have a W/L % of .667 after a win and .750 after a loss.