The Detroit Tigers suffered their second loss in a row being shutout by the Kansas City Royals in the series opener losing 4-0. The Royals, cruising along in the late part of their season, barely broke a sweat in this game. Johnny Cueto pitched a masterful complete game.
The Tigers started Matt Boyd, the much-anticipated prospect from Toronto acquired in the David Price trade. Boyd made his first start for the Tigers last week against Kansas City going seven innings allowing seven hits and just one run.
The Royals seemed like they were ready for him this week at Kauffman Stadium as they struck early in the first inning. Lorenzo Cain doubled scoring Alcides Escobar and Ben Zobrist who both reached on singles. Kendrys Morales then singled home Lorenzo Cain making it 3-0 in the first.
The Tigers bats were silenced by Johnny Cueto who was brilliant in his complete shutout game. Cueto looked so confident as he fired with ease and only allowed four hits, no walks and struck out eight Tigers. Cueto will make a great addition to whatever team picks him up in the 2016 free agent war and might be the missing piece to crown the Royals champions in 2015.
Boyd pitched out of jams in both the third and fifth innings without any further damage. He looked good the rest of the game and made it for 5 1/3 innings giving up nine hits, three runs, one walk and struck out six. Buck Farmer relieved him in the sixth.
The tandem of Farmer and Kyle Ryan couldn’t escape the Royals seventh after putting the first two batters down. Ben Zobrist and Lorenzo Cain both singled ending the night for Farmer. Ryan came in to close the inning but couldn’t get the out and gave up a single to Jarrod Dyson giving the Royals a 4-0 lead. Ryan finished the rest of the game without any other damage.
The most exciting thing for the Tigers probably was seeing Miguel Cabrera take batting practice and having some light jogs and laps around the bases before the game. Miggy looked good and looks like he will be returning to the lineup soon.
The Tigers look to break their losing streak tomorrow night when Anibal Sanchez pitches against Yordano “Don’t You Tweet at Me” Ventura.