Detroit Tigers Drop Season Series After 10-3 Loss To Royals
As the 2015 season winds down for the Detroit Tigers, it becomes more clear with every game that it will be a year that is quickly forgotten in Motown.
One of the many disappointments for Detroit has been Alfredo Simon, who took the mound Sunday afternoon with a chance to take the season series from the Kansas City Royals.
Instead, the 34 year-old turned in one of his worst performances of the year.
From the outset, it was apparent that Simon was bound for a miserable performance. A sacrifice fly from Eric Hosmer, and a single from Alex Rios made it 2-0 early, and Kansas City would not let up after that. Just two innings later, after home-runs from Paulo Orlando and Kendrys Morales, Kansas City would stretch their lead to 5-0.
The Tigers did manage to get back into the game in the bottom of the third, after singles from Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez, and Nick Castellanos made it 5-3.
But Simon’s poor outing was too much to overcome.
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On the day, the Tigers’ starter lasted just 4 1/3 innings and let up a staggering 13 hits, eight runs, three home-runs, and three walks.
Simon’s performance, as well as Morales’ big day, were fitting representations for each team’s season. While just about everything has gone wrong for Brad Ausmus and his club, the Royals have benefitted from good, smart additions such as Morales, Chris Young, and Ryan Madson.
The 32 year-old is hitting .293 with 21 HRs, as well as 105 RBI and could certainly be considered the best signing in all of baseball in the 2015 season.
Kris Medlen, yet another smart, valuable signing by Dayton Moore, went five innings, and allowed no earned runs, which doomed any chance Detroit had of taking the season series from their division rivals.
The Tigers will face off against another division rival Monday afternoon when they begin a four game set with the Chicago White Sox. The matchup will pit Kyle Ryan against Jeff Samardzija, On the season, Ryan is 2-3 with a 5.32 ERA, while Samardzija is 9-13 with a 5.27 ERA.
The game will take place at 1:08 ET and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit and 97.1 The Ticket.