Tigers 3, Royals 2
Max Scherzer (32 GS, 214.1 IP, 3.19 ERA, 2.86 FIP, 5.4 fWAR) got the ball in the most tense game of the season and did not disappoint. The Royals foiled some early chances with unwise bunting and Torii Hunter launched a solo home run to give the team a 1-0 lead in the 4th. The Royals responded with one in the 5th and then everything converged on the bottom of the 6th and top of the 7th. The Royals had men on second and third with one out when a line drive was hit to Kinsler. He tried to double off the runner at second and Suarez missed the ball, allowing Perez to score from third. Of course, Perez forgot to tag up and was called out after much discussion. In the next inning, the Tigers got a single from JDM and a walk from Suarez to set up a pinch hit single from Collins and single from Davis to plate two men. Max held in the 7th, finishing with six strikeouts and a walk. Joba got the 8th and allowed a run on two hits. Nathan got the 9th (um…where’s Soria?) and put two men on with one out. It was Aoki and Ibanez who both grounded out and ended this one after taking years off our lives. Rick Porcello (29 GS, 197.2 IP, 3.19 ERA, 3.55 FIP, 3.3 fWAR) for the sweep.
The Moment: Tyler Collins comes up with a pinch hit go ahead single in the 7th.