You knew it was going to happen eventually. After a very good start to the season, Todd Jones gave up two runs in the ninth to blow his first save of the season and then in extra frames, Fernando Rodney gave up a solo homerun to John Buck that turned out to be the game winner. So instead of finishing up the sweep, the Tigers ended up with a disappointing loss.
Jeremy Bonderman was excellent in his start. He gave up a run on just three hits and six strikeouts in seven innings of work. Joel Zumaya had an easy time in the eighth before Jones came in and immediately walked the first batter. A double, a single and a ground out then provided the Royals with the two runs they needed to send the game into extra frames.
Placido Polanco had two more hits and he scored a run. Craig Monroe had two hits including a big two run single when the Tigers scored their three runs in the sixth inning. And Curtis Granderson finished with three hits and he pulled his batting average above the .300 mark.
In looking at the WPA graph, you see the Tigers push themselves up into the 90% range with the three run sixth. Jeremy Bonderman (.357) and Placido Polanco had very high numbers (.282) but Todd Jones (-.279), Fernando Rodney (-.291), Carlos Guillen (-.239) and Gary Sheffield (-.225) were all very negative. The Joe Buck homer hurt the most and he led all hitters on the Royals side with .300.
The Tigers get their first day off in a while and then they host the White Sox. Chad Durbin will try to bounce back from two tough starts and he’ll face rookie John Danks in the opener on Friday.