On a cold miserable afternoon, the Kansas City Royals notched their first victory of 2018, beating the Detroit Tigers by a final score of 1-0.
With the temperature in the upper 30's and rain in the air, the two teams combined for a total of 8 hits between them.
The Royals had 5 hits and 1 walk with their lone run coming in the second inning as Jorge Soler scored Cheslor Cuthbert.
Royals pitcher Jake Junis pitched 7 strong innings, keeping Detroit off balance and often times making them look silly, allowed only 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 6. He was relieved by Justin Grimm in the 8th after a soft line drive to center field put the tying run at the plate. Grimm went on to retire the next 3 batters he faced, and for the first time this young season the Royals took a lead to the ninth.
Kelvin Herrera picked up his first save of the season as he closed out a near perfect final frame, striking out 2 and giving up no hits or walks.
The Royals came out swinging the bats today and only registered 3 strikeouts offensively to go along with 1 walk. Alcides Escobar (2) and Alex Gordon (1) accounted for all three of the strikeouts.
The Tigers and Royals are due to conclude the series Wednesday at 12:10 in Detroit, though the certainty of that game is in question with snow in the forcast. Should the teams square off, Danny Duffy is due to take the mound for the Royals and will face Daniel Norris. Duffy is coming off of an opening day loss while Norris will be making his first start of the season after finishing with a 5.31 ERA in 22 games with Detroit in 2017.
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