A really nice start by Max Scherzer went to waste as the Tigers dropped their first game of the season in an eleven inning loss to the Royals. He pitched six innings of one hit ball in which he struck out three and walked two. Overall, the pen did a nice job with the exception of Jose Valverde who’s now had his second straight shaky appearance. Phil Coke shined and he pitched two shutout innings before Valverde came in, gave a pair of runs in the bottom of the eleventh and both blew the save and took the loss.
Of course the Tiger hitters made Luke Hochevar look like a Cy Young contender and that didn’t help. The Tigers didn’t get on the board until the ninth when Miguel Cabrera belted a solo shot with two outs to send the game into extra frames. Carlos Guillen singled home a run in the top of the eleventh and that was really it. I didn’t get to see the game but I want to go back and check and see what happened in the eleventh because it looks like there was some weird baserunning play that turned into a double play of sorts.
The Tigers did pick up eleven hits but outside of Cabrera’s solo home run, the only other extra base hit was a triple by Austin Jackson. Jackson, Magglio Ordonez and Carlos Guillen all had two hits while Scott Sizemore drew a pair of walks.
The rubber game is this afternoon and all eyes will be on Dontrelle Willis to see if his spring season was for real. Brian Bannister gets the start for the Royals in a 2:10 start.