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Game of the Week: Royals Pull Off Win After Rain Delay

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Sunday night baseball hit Comerica Park as this installment of the Game of the Week series was a rubber match between the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers. What seemed to be a pitching duel with a tied game at one, would then turn into a one hour and forty minute rain delay as the bottom of the ninth was set to start. But after 10 innings the Royals won it 2-1 and pull ahead of the Tigers by a 1.5 games in the AL Central.

The Royals took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second with back to back doubles by Kendrys Morales and Alex Gordon off of just two pitches. But the Tigers tied the game in the bottom of the third with a RBI single by Ian Kinsler to send  Anthony Gose home. Gose had bunted to reach base but was able to advance to second on a throwing error by Omar Infante.

RHP Shane Greene had the start for the Tigers as he took to the mound looking to bounce back after three rough starts in which he allowed 20 runs in 11 innings. Sunday night though, Greene seemed to be back on track, after a 1-2-3 first inning, he allowed back to back doubles in the second which allowed one run but after that he would go on to retire the next fifteen batters. After a stellar outing, he would finish the night after eight innings, allowing four hits and one run; striking out three.

The Royals’ RHP Chris Young made an emergency start in place of LHP Jason Vargas who is on the DL with a left flexor strain. Young, who has been known to dominate the Tigers in the past, went nearly flawless in six innings allowing  three hits and just one unearned run, while striking out six. Young who just joined Kansas City’s pitching staff in March, spent the 2014 season with Seattle  where he was 12-9 as a starter.

The Royals then went to the bullpen and RHP Ryan Madson and RHP Wade Davis would each pitch a scoreless inning to keep the game tied at 1.

The Tigers sent RHP Joakim Soria out to pitch the 9th, which was another scoreless inning in which he walked just one batter. Soria has had a tremendous season so far, he is currently 2-0 with 11 saves and a 1.20 ERA.

Just as the Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera stepped up to the plate to start the bottom of the ninth, the skies opened up and the light rain which had been on and off throughout the game turned to downpour and caused an inevitable delay.

When the game resumed, the Tigers would load the bases in the bottom of the ninth but were unable to get any runs on the board sending the game into extra innings.

In the top of the ninth, the Tigers sent Angel Nesbitt to the mound and he would have a rough outing. The first batter up was Alex Gordon who was hit by a pitch, with Salvador Perez batting Nesbitt would throw a wild pitch advancing Gordon to 2nd. Perez grounded out putting Gordon is scoring position. The Royals were then able to take the one run lead after a sac fly Omar Infante.

The Tigers had one last chance to at least tie the game in the bottom of the 10th as the Royals sent Greg Holland out to pitch. With bases loaded twice, the Tigers were unable to get a run home and fell to their division rivals.

Royals RHP Jason Frasor earned his first win of the season and Holland earned his sixth save. Nesbitt was charged with his first loss of the season.

Next Up:

The Tigers now have an off day on Monday before starting a three game series against the Minnesota Twins with Alfredo Simon (3-2, 2.97) on the start for the Tigers.  The Royals are now on their way to start a series against the Texas Rangers where LHP Danny Duffy (2-1, 4.55) will take the start for Kansas City.

Bethany Cohen

Bethany Cohen

Senior Editor at Legends On Deck®
Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for Examiner.com and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany
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