Six in a row. That’s right, suddenly the Royals can’t lose. And this one on Monday night is how the Royals generally scripted things when they put together their club in the offseason. A strong effort from a starting pitcher, Jeremy Guthrie in this case, some air-tight work from the bullpen and just enough hitting. The result was a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers on a beautiful June night at Kauffman Stadium. Guthrie surrendered a two-run homer in the third inning to Miguel Cabrera, but the Royals countered with three runs later in the inning — and that was it. Salvy Perez’s two-run triple was the key answering blow against Tigers starter Doug Fister. And really ... how’s that for underscoring that things are trending upward? A triple by Perez. “You know a lot of things have to go right for that to happen,” first baseman Eric Hosmer said laughing. First, the ball fell just beyond a diving attempt by center fielder Avasail Garcia in the right-center gap. “As soon as (that happened),” Perez said, “I saw a chance to make it to third base. ... I saw Torii Hunter catch up to the ball, and I said, ‘I’ve got a chance.’” Those chances multiplied geometrically when Hunter, a nine-time Gold Glove winner, overthrew the first relay man. Two snap throws might have/should have nailed Perez at third base.
Royals make it six in a row by edging Tigers 3-2
Kansas City Star | Jun 11