Royal Romp: Long Ball – Defense Propel Royals past Tigers, 6-1

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In the Top of the 4th, Detroit’s Tyler Collins hit a line drive that tailed away from Lorenzo Cain into the left-center field gap. The ball fell, but, the speed of Lorenzo Cain kept Collins to a long single. After a fielder’s choice, Jefry Marte hit the same gap. James McCann came barreling around 3rd as Alcides Escobar received the relay and threw a perfect strike to Salvador Perez, who laid the tag on McCann’s foot for the inning ending out. This summed up the Royals night Tuesday. They won on the backs of 6 scoreless innings from Yordano Ventura, 3 long balls from Eric Hosmer, Cain, and Mike Moustakas, and sterling defense from everybody to earn their 5th win in a row, 6-1 over Detroit.
Cain also went 4-for-4 at the plate, finishing a triple shy of the cycle and smashing a 450-foot home run in the 6th inning. Hosmer and Moustakas added a pair of 2-run home runs to move the Royals 24 games above .500.

In the first inning, Cain singled with 2 outs. Hosmer then came up and hit one to the opposite field and into the Royals bullpen to give the Royals a 2-0 lead.
Yordano Ventura had a great bounce back outing. Ventura went 6 scoreless innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out 8 while working around 6 walks. Luke Hochevar also pitched lights out coming out of the bullpen, going 2.2 innings while striking out 3.

With the win, the Royals move to 68-44 and 12.5 games ahead of the Minnesota Twins. The Tigers fall to 54-59, 14.5 games behind the Royals and 5.5 games behind the Los Angeles Angels for the 2nd Wild Card spot.

The win goes to Yordano Ventura, who moves to 7-7 on the year. Anibal Sanchez gets the loss, he falls to 10-9 on the season. Luke Hochevar earned his 1st save of the year after holding the Tigers scoreless over 2.2 innings.

Injury note: Royals catcher Salvador Perez came out of the game in the 8th inning with inflammation in his left wrist. He’s listed as day-to-day.
Tomorrow’s Preview:

The Royals go for the sweep against Detroit as they send Edison Volquez (11-6, 3.11 ERA) to face Tigers lefty, Daniel Norris (2-2, 4.24 ERA). Norris was one of the key pieces in the David Price trade with Toronto. Game starts at 7:10 PM on Fox Sports Kansas City and on radio at KCSP 610.

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Christopher Till

Author: Christopher Till

Christopher is a lifelong Royals fan who loves long walks on the beach, sunsets, and trips to #DongTown. He also loves writing about the Royals (pants optional). Ian Kennedy once ruined a perfect game Chris had going (though, to be fair, Chris' pitch came before the game with nobody in the batter's box). His favorite Royals' memory is sitting in Section 401 with his daughter when Salvador Perez laced a line drive past Josh Donaldson to win the 2014 American League Wild Card Game.

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