MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Kansas City0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 391
Detroit0 1 0 0 4 1 4 0 x 10121
  W: E. Rodriguez (5-5)   L: J. Heasley (4-9)
10:10 AM PT11:10 AM MT12:10 PM CT1:10 PM ET13:10 ET17:10 GMT1:10 10:10 AM MST12:10 PM EST12:40 PM VEN21:10 UAE11:10 AM CT, September 29, 2022
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 13,137

Tigers aim to extend win streak, sweep Royals

According to STATS
According to STATS

Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers

  1. The Royals lead the season series nine games to seven and shut out the Tigers, 4-0, in the last game between the clubs, the lone shutout for either side in the series in 2022. Last season, there was just one shutout also (Kansas City won 4-0 on April 25, 2021).
  2. The Royals have won five of their last six games and on Sunday, defeated the Mariners 13-12. It was just the seventh time in team history that the Royals allowed 12 runs and still won with the last time being in 2006 against the Rangers.
  3. Vinnie Pasquantino is hitting .444 (16-for-36) with a home run and eight RBI during his 10-game hit streak. He is the third Royals' rookie to have a hit streak of 10 or longer this season (12 by Emmanuel Rivera and 11 by Bobby Witt Jr.).
  4. The Tigers have won three straight and five of their last six games. They have had just two win streaks longer than three this season (six-game streak in July and four-game streak in May).
  5. Riley Greene was hitting .224 after the game on August 19 but is hitting .307 (35-for-114) since then. He is batting .300 (15-for-50) in 12 games against the Royals this season and has at least one hit in all 12 of them.
  6. Bobby Witt Jr. is hitting .385 (15-for-39) with eight RBI and nine runs scored during his nine-game hit streak. He has 20 home runs this season, but zero in his last 80 at-bats. The 20 home runs are four shy of the Royals rookie record held by Bob Hamelin in a strike-shortened 1994.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/27/2022 thru 9/29/2022

For a team with seemingly nothing to play for, the Detroit Tigers can accomplish quite a bit with a victory Thursday.

They can extend their winning streak to six games, they have a chance to sweep a three-game home set against the Kansas City Royals, and they would secure a 10-9 victory in the season series.

Detroit (62-92) can also ensure that it won't lose 100 games and at the same time -- at least temporarily -- get out of last place in the American League Central by passing the Royals (63-92).

"It was definitely frustrating at first," catcher Eric Haase said of earlier in the season during a postgame television interview. "We felt like we could have played this baseball all year. We just didn't, so it's nice to kind of finish on a strong note."

The Tigers had to improvise to piece together a 2-1 win on Wednesday. Scheduled starter Matt Manning felt arm fatigue during warmups and was a very late scratch. Will Vest pitched the first inning and a parade of six relievers followed.

Miguel Cabrera provided the runs with a first-inning homer, his first since July 25.

"It's obviously nice to respond after (losing Manning)," Detroit manager A.J. Hinch said. "Our guys have had a really good vibe about things."

Kansas City's starter in the series finale, Jonathan Heasley, has delivered two consecutive sharp outings. He held the Boston Red Sox scoreless for 6 2/3 innings on Sept. 16, then limited Minnesota to one run and two hits in six innings last Thursday.

Heasley (4-8, 4.87 ERA) tweaked his delivery and that has paid dividends for the rookie right-hander.

"I feel like I'm getting more comfortable in it, and it's kind of allowing me to let myself go and get after it a little more," Heasley said. "I feel like I can kind of let it go now, instead of trying to think about it and trying to hold back just a little bit to make sure it's perfect. I think the last couple starts, being able to see the results when I do it right is pretty affirming."

Royals manager Mike Matheny has been impressed by Heasley's strong finish.

"I thought overall, he just built off of what he did last time," Matheny said. "Curveball continues to be really good. The changeup was good. He threw some really sharp, high-riding fastballs. ... I do believe that there's something that he has found, as they've worked at finding that foundation, that has allowed him to get through his pitches."

Heasley has been roughed up by the Tigers this season, though. Detroit has scored nine runs off him in 11 innings.

He'll be opposed by Eduardo Rodriguez (4-5, 4.37), who picked up his fourth win of the season on Friday. He gave up three runs in six innings against the Chicago White Sox, his second straight quality start.

"If I'm locating my fastball early and I am getting quick outs like that without using my secondary pitches -- that was my plan (Friday) and it worked out pretty good," Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez will be facing the Royals for the first time this season, but he's started seven times against them in his career, going 2-1 with a 5.20 ERA.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 29, 2022

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