The Royals have secured a split in one of their rare two game series, grabbing a 6-2 victory of the Tigers. Jake Junis is the lead story here, holding the Tigers without an offensive threat the whole contest.
This game somehow avoided the storms in the Kansas City area, starting at its schedule 7:15 first pitch. The Tigers got on the board first in this one, getting a run on a Jeimer Candelario sac fly in the top of third.
Matt Boyd had held the Royals in check the first couple of innings, but he left an 0-2 pitch over the plate to lead off the third frame, giving Adalberto Mondesi his fifth long ball of the year. The Royals wouldn’t stop there, having five out of the next six batters reach base, giving them a 5-1 lead a third of the way through.
After the run scoring by the Royals lineup, Junis would go into cruise control on his way to a complete game destination (the first of his career), allowing a total of seven baserunners in his nine innings, striking out seven and walking none. He threw 68 of 104 pitches for strikes.
The complete game and bottom of the third inning pretty much covered the majority of the game story. The Royals added a run in the seventh inning on a Drew VerHagen wild pitch, while the TIgers got their second run off of Junis in the eighth by way of a Jacoby Jones solo home run.
Royals finish up the short series tomorrow in a day game. Danny Duffy goes to the hill for the Royals, opposing Tigers righty Michael Fulmer.