KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After the Detroit The Tigers lost their second consecutive game to open the second half on Saturday night, staying behind the Kansas City Real in the AL Central classification with his ace on the hill, Matthew Boyd started a team meeting.
Boyd, the prominent southpaw who has gained interest in the commercial market, had just been hit by balls of dirt beyond the infielders' extended gloves, and he hit himself as he walked the base runners they scored.
He may or may not be a tiger in a few weeks; He did not change his position inside the Tigers clubhouse, where he talked about playing hard with energy, regardless of how things are going. Keep working hard, and the results will come.
Then came Sunday, with seven runs at the top of the third inning and, finally, a series-final victory against the Royals (32-62) on Sunday afternoon at the Kauffman Stadium. The Tigers offense broke through and then continued adding another brutal throwing line by right-hander Jordan Zimmermann in a 12-8 victory.
In the victory, the Tigers (29-59) scored a season high in runs (12) and hits (19). Infielder Harold Castro, who started the second half of the hot game, recorded his first four-hit game, Niko Goodrum came out of a depression with four hits of his own and the full start line contributed.
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Crawling for two runs at the top of the third – Zimmermann allowed an RBI single and a two-run homer in the first after Nicholas Castellanos and Christin Stewart opened the scoring with two consecutive doubles – the Tigers put their first five men At the base before Jeimer Candelario cleared the bases with a double and Gordon Beckham hit a two-run homer.
But, betting on a six-run lead, Zimmermann would return much of it before being dragged out without a fifth-inning. Zimmermann, pitching without an effective slider, allowed four hits to open the inning. The veteran went with the Tigers ahead, 10-6.
Zimmermann allowed seven runs and eight hits in more than four innings, without walks and two strikeouts. His effectiveness this season is 7.01 in 52 ⅔ innings.
The offensive outburst by the Tigers eclipsed the relief work of left-hander Nick Ramirez, who took over Zimmermann and finished the inning with three pitches, prompting a double play, albeit one run scored on the play.
But on a hot, humid day, it was 89 degrees on the first pitch with a strong breeze blowing into left field, the Tigers kept offensive pressure and added two runs in the seventh. The first came with a single from Castro, who then scored two batters later in a double ruled by Brandon Dixon. Alex Gordon dropped a routine Dixon ball in left and center field after a lack of communication with the center fielder.
Castro is batting .315 in 111 at-bats. Goodrum, who struck out on his first at-bat, extending his streak to five at-bats since the All-Star break, posted his second four-hit game of the season. Main hitter Victor Reyes came to the base twice and scored each time. In total, the Tigers had their best offensive day of the season, and they did it without Miguel Cabrera in the lineup.
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Detroit Tigers pitcher Jordan Zimmerman pulls against the Kansas City Royals during the fourth inning at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday, July 14, 2019, in Kansas City. (Photo: Jay Biggerstaff, USA Today Sports)