Royals Embarrass Selves, 5 - 4 Loss Completes Sweep by Tigers

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Here's an exercise. I'll give you two nuggets: 1) Doug Fister made history 2) The Royals committed five errors. Who do you think won?

Where do I start? Where do I begin?

Five errors. Three by Mike Moustakas. Two by Alex Gordon (Correction: some jerk in the game thread repeatedly insisted that Gordon had two errors despite my thought that he didn't; I took them at their word, mostly because I was at work and just listening to the game. They are dead to me. One of those two errors was on Escobar.). One of Moustakas's errors came in the ninth on what should have been a double play to close out the inning. A sixth should have been charged to Tony Abreu in the ninth. When Prince Fielder had an infield double. Yes, an infield double. Prince Fielder.

Doug Fister tied a Major League record this afternoon. He struck out nine straight. Of course, he is not a Kansas City Royal, and those nine straight strikeouts happened at Comerica Park. This means nine straight Royals struck out. Nine straight. In a row. Consecutively. Only Tom Seaver has done that before. The Royals turned Doug Fister into Tom Seaver.

Eric Hosmer left the game with an apparent shoulder injury.

Alcides Escobar came out of the game (possibly just a precautionary measure) with an apparent injury in the eighth, though he finished out the bottom of the seventh, the inning in which the injury took place.

The Royals mounted a comeback after having been embarrassed for the first seven innings. By embarrassed, I mean they managed two base-runners through the first seven innings. Salvador Perez reached on a second-inning single. Two batters later, Jeff Francoeur miraculously failed to swing at a pitch. That pitch he didn't swing at hit him.

The Royals strung together back-to-back doubles to kick off the eighth, Mike Moustakas and Jeff Francoeur for those keeping track at home, who both scored, and eventually David Lough would single, advance to second on a passed ball, and score on a Tony Abreu single.

That brought the score to 4 - 3 Detroit. Aaron Crow, The Ghost (h/t to @elkensky) came in and took care of business in the home half of the eighth, holding a one-run deficit with a dominant two strikeout inning.

Billy Butler tied things up with a marvelously massive and majestically mammoth dong hanging, but then the brutal bottom of the ninth happened. Two outs were recorded, but Brayan Pena (and this is what I gleaned from the radio broadcast) tried getting the second out at first before throwing home with the bases loaded and one out.

Kansas City baseball, everybody.

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