Another rookie pitcher with poor previous results. Another good outing from said pitcher. Cy Boyd.
Matt Boyd, just acquired at the trade deadline in the David Price to Toronto trade, scattered seven hits across seven innings. He allowed only one run, which came in the fourth inning off an Eric Hosmer single and a Kendrys Morales triple. Contrary to what you might think, an outfielder or two did not collapse in order for Morales to reach third. He just hit it really hard on a line to a very deep part of the ballpark. Rather fortuitous.
Unfortunately, the Royals were not fortuitous for the other parts of the game. Ben Zobrist reached on a single in the first, but the Tigers got out of it with a strike 'em out, throw 'em out double play. Mike Moustakas doubled in the second, but nothing came of that. Alex Rios got on base due to an infield single in the fifth and advanced to third on a poor pickoff attempt from Boyd. Nothing came of that. The Royals had men on first and third with two outs in the sixth and did not score.
The Royals made it interesting in the ninth. Down to their last out, the Royals had Salvador Perez up to bat, who singled. Jarrod Dyson pinch ran for him and stole second. Rios hit a long fly ball to left, but it did not leave the yard. No runs.
On the other side, Johnny Cueto threw an OK game. He pitched seven innings and gave up five hits, two runs, two walks, and got two strikeouts. A double, a sacrifice, and a triple scored a run in the third. A triple and a groundout scored another run in the fourth.
Eric Hosmer continued hitting. He had two singles. Morales' triple was the first of this year for him. Both Cueto and Boyd threw 106 pitches in seven innings. Boyd threw 72 strikes; Cueto threw 71.
That was all the action. Lorenzo Cain and Omar Infante were the only Royals not to reach base. Overall, the game was filled with contact. Between the two teams, there were only six strikeouts and two walks. Cueto got a bunch of groundouts, and Boyd got a bunch of flyouts. This was almost your standard dead-ball kind of "pitching duel". The teams were somewhat evenly matched; the Royals just couldn't make the most of their chances.