Tigers 10, Royals 1
The Tigers opened with a four hit attack in the 1st inning that led to a three run cushion for Justin Verlander (31 GS, 198 IP, 4.68 ERA, 3.82 FIP, 3.0 fWAR) and Justin Verlander didn’t even need that many. He had one of his best outings of the season, getting into very little trouble and tossing 7.1 innings of 7 hit, 0 walk, and 4 strikeout baseball en route to one run. The bats kept charging with one in the 2nd, one in the 4th, and five in the 5th as they absolutely pummeled the Royals to open a huge series that could determine the fate of the division. Top to bottom, it was as convincing as they come. They’re look to guarantee they leave town with a bigger lead than when they arrived with Max Scherzer (31 GS, 207.1 IP, 3.26 ERA, 2.88 FIP, 5.1 fWAR) going tomorrow.
The Moment: A five run 5th inning puts the game out of reach.