Detroit Tigers played against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday at Comerica Park, Detroit. It was the second matchup from the three-game series between them as the series continued with Detroit level on 1-1 after being defeated by the Royals in the first showdown. Check out the best sports betting sites for betting on Baseball!
The score was 4-3 for the Tigers with performances from Victor Reyes and Riley Greene hitting back-to-back homers in the ninth inning. Both of the outfielders hit the ball to secure the win for Kansas City. Currently, both Tigers (30-46) and Royals (28-48) are in fourth and fifth position in AL Central, respectively.
It was on the ninth when the Tigers left behind 2-3 from Kansas City when Reyes and Greene made the plays by hitting homers.
Reyes made a play in the game after hitting the ball from Royals reliever Joel Payamps drove down to him. Payamps who came from the bench has not allowed any homer in 26 ⅓ innings this season. Then, it was the pitcher’s homer allowed after Reyes’ batting happened and the score was tied at 3-3.
On the next pitch, Greene followed Reyes to take the lead for the Tigers by hitting a ball into the centerfield, above the 420-foot. Greene was thrilled and said he was inspired by Reyes who gave him a chance to do the run back at the plate.
“This is an awesome feeling,” said Greene, “I need to give a shoutout to (Reyes) for hitting his homer to give me that chance, I wasn’t sure it was going to get out, but when I saw it — the adrenalin rush went right through me.”
Detroit Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said he was having a good team himself, especially the hitting line-up. Also, he doesn’t miss to speak about the comeback on the play after the game and compliments Greene about his batting. “He had really good at-bats all day, and even his strikeout should probably have been a walk,” Hinch said.
“He put a great swing on that ball. I know, in my short time here, I haven’t seen a lot of guys who can put a ball into the bushes in centerfield,” he continued.
Meanwhile, as a reliever, Payamps struck out Spencer Torkelson but couldn’t save the Royals from Reyes and Greene’s play even though Royals manager’ Mike Matheny said he asserted the 28-year-old as someone who could secure the win in the last inning.
“We had some guys down from yesterday, and we needed someone who could get us outs,” he said. “He’s a guy who has some experience and he had been great in the eighth.”
On the Tigers side, Joe Jimenez (3-0) pitched a perfect ninth as a deciding reliever from Hinch. However, Matheny said that it was a “tough” strategy battle between him and Hinch just before this second rumble started.
“Before the game, we talked about how the shadows were going to make it tough for both teams in the late innings,” Matheny said.
He continued, “I think that was part of it, and they brought in some guys who were throwing really well. I guess the shadows went away in the bottom of the ninth.”
Hinch said that he was grateful about the Tigers’ play in ninth because, for him, the team was having a tough start at Comerica Park. It was Riley who gave him the spark to win the game with one score ahead, the man says.
“That’s what he can already give us,” he said.
The Tigers and Royals are prepping Tarik Skubal (5-6, 3.75) to face Brady Singer (3-3, 4.50) as the starting pitchers in their upcoming battle on Sunday.
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