The story of the game was easily Jake Junis. He was consistently on the whole game, showing great fastball command along with a terrific slider. The seven scoreless innings, three hits allowed, and six strikeouts led to a career best 80 game score, beating out a 77 game score performance by him last year in the second game of a doubleheader against the Mariners. You really couldn’t have asked for a better start to his season.
The story with the lineup was less exciting, as they only scratched across one run on five hits. That one run came off Tigers starter Matt Boyd after a Cheslor Cuthbert double, Paul Orlando lineout, and Jorge Soler sac fly.
The Royals only picked up four more hits throughout the rest of the game, coming off the bats of Jon Jay, Whit Merrifield, Mike Moustakas, and Alcides Escobar.
It looked like Junis would have an outside shot at a complete game when he came out for the eighth inning, but after allowing a leadoff single to Mikie Mahtook, Ned pulled off the daunting task of calling to the bullpen. Recently acquired Justin Grimm ended up halting the rally though, retiring the three batters he faced. He now owns both of the Royals holds this year.
Kelvin Herrera looked terrific in his first save opportunity of the season, striking out Jeimer Candelario with a 97 MPH fastball, getting Miguel Cabrera to lineout, and striking out Nicholas Castellanos on a 96 MPH heater to end the contest.
Same time, same place tomorrow. The Royals will send Danny Duffy to toe the slab, while the Tigers will counter with Daniel Norris.