What a game! Once again the Tigers find a way to defeat the Royals. Carlos Guillen’s walk off homer in the bottom of the ninth just over the fence in left gave Detroit a 10-9 victory. This game was a wild and exciting one going back and forth. For the second consecutive game the Royals jumped out to a 4-0 lead. The Tigers cut the lead in half and KC again doubled up the scored taking a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the sixth. The game appeared to be another easy come from behind effort after scoring three runs in each the 6th and 7th innings for a 9-6 lead. But give Kansas City credit they played hard and never gave up. They tied the score after loading the bases against Joel Zumaya and clearing them on a two out David De Jesus double. The series of pin-balling on the scoreboard set the stage for Guillen’s heroics.
Detroit improved to 10-0 on the season verses the Royals. However, Kenny Rogers struggled for his fifth straight outing since winning his 200th career game. In his last four starts Rogers has failed to make it to the sixth inning, gave up four runs once and five runs in the other three outings. His ERA has increased almost a run from 3.17 to 4.10. Historically Rogers tends to tail off statistically in the second half of the season. Hopefully this stretch isn’t a sign of things to come from the Gambler. Roman Colon pitched well in three innings of relief only allowing a single run. The surprise in this game was the struggles of Joel Zumaya who suffered his third blown save after giving up a 3-run double. He did pick a good game to not have his best stuff as the Tigers were able to rebound for the win. Todd Jones picked up his second win as he pitched well in the ninth and seems to be getting back on track.
Detroit made the most of their opportunities scoring 10 runs on 11 hits. The Tiger received production up and down the line-up as only Omar Infante, who started in center, went hitless. Monroe led the way with three hits and Inge had two. Monroe and Thames each had two RBIs. Detroit took advantage of four walks and two KC errors. The Tigers continue to capitalize on mistakes made by opposing teams. Guillen made the most of his at-bats scoring four runs reaching base on two walks and was hit by a pitch before delivering the win on his eleventh home run. A healthy Guillen is huge for Detroit as the shortstop is now batting .300 and has 53 RBI.
Over 38,000 fans showed up for the three and a half hour game. Detroit benefited from the fact the Yankees beat the White Sox 6-5. With the Tigers win they moved 3.5 games ahead of the World Champions. They look to keep their dominance of the Royal intact with a Saturday night fireworks game. The Stars face off with the Monarchs as both teams wear the Negro League uniforms of the teams from their respective cities.
*** OEs 3 Stars of the Game ***
#3 Todd Jones – Win (2), 1 IP, 1 H, 0 Rs, 1 BB, 1 K, 5.50 ERA
#2 Craig Monroe – 3-4 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI
#1 Carlos Guillen – 1-2 with four runs scored, 2 BBs, a HR and a RBI
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