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Detroit Tigers can’t cash in as Kansas City Royals complete sweep

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Detroit – AJ Hinch, without seeking absolution, asked everyone to keep an eye on this terrible stretch of baseball loss.

A question that gets harder every day.

The Tigers' Miguel Cabrera is tagged at home by royals catcher Salvador Perez at the end of the third inning.

“Without giving us a pass to underperform we have to stay positive,” he said. “It won’t get any better if you come to work or pout or admit to work in a bad state of mind. The only way to do better is to beat the Royals today. “

Well that didn’t happen. The losing streak hit five when the Royals left Detroit with a 3-2 win and a four-game win on Monday. The Tigers, who had their worst start (7-16) since 2003, have now lost 10 out of 11. You have scored 20 runs on this route.

BOX SCORE: Royals 3, Tigers 2

“It’s frustrating, every single one of us is frustrated,” said Robbie Grossman, who was ninth in the warning lane in the center right. “Best of all, we can get out of here and go to Chicago …

“I thought I had all of this ball in the end. Maybe we will play in another stadium. But we are in Comerica. It will be good to come to a new park, play and get a new team.” a restart. “

In a game of missed opportunities, the eighth of 35-year-old reliever Greg Holland was the most frustrating. Rookie Akil Baddoo started with a triple that missed just inches and cleared the fence in the center left.

That last 90 feet never came. Holland knocked out Niko Goodrum, got Wilson Ramos on a checkered slap on the plate and knocked out Victor Reyes.

“Baseball is cruel,” said Hinch. “When you’re in these situations and in a rut it feels like all of these strange things are happening. Akil missed a home run by two inches.”

The Tigers left 11 runners on the base and were 2 versus 15 with runners in the scoring position.

“In a close game, you have to take every opportunity you have,” said Hinch. “We had a lot more opportunities today and that was encouraging. But it’s difficult not to get a man in third place with fewer than two outs.”

The Tigers came into play last in the American League in runs scored, in wRC-plus (weighted runs created) and offensive WAR, and as leaders in strikes and fewest walks.

Bad formula.

“We don’t accept it, not as long as I’m here or this group is here,” said Hinch before the game. “We have to come and win baseball every day. We need to have a winning mindset. If someone starts to accept it, I’d like to change the mix. “

If ever the Tigers broke out of their offensive funk, it would be Monday against fighting right-handed Brad Keller. His 16 earned runs were the most legal in the American League.

The Tigers had him on the ropes a few times, but unfortunately they didn’t have a knockout blow in them. They stranded four runners in goal position through five innings and missed their best chance of putting an crooked number on the board in the third.

After the 2-0, Grossman led away with a double. He finished third in a Harold Castro groundout and scored a goal on a Miguel Cabrera single. Jeimer Candelario followed with a single, sending Cabrera to third place. But then things died.

Willi Castro pressed a ground ball too short. Cabrera hesitated and then tried to score from third place. The home throw ricocheted off catcher Salvador Perez, but Cabrera did not slip and was tagged. (Perez appeared to have his right thumb stuck on the label and came out of the game in sixth.)

“Miggy will be the first and third to make contact on site in order to avoid the double game,” said Hinch. “Your guy (shortstop Nicky Lopez) played a pretty athletic game. I didn’t see what kind of jump Miggy got there, but he had to go.”

Baddoo hit to end the inning.

After tying the game in the fourth inning – Goodrum triple and Grayson Greiner single – the Tigers had two ons and two outs in the fifth inning. Keller tossed three straight balls to Baddoo.

Hinch gave him the green light to make it 3-0 and flew into the middle.

“Definitely the green light there and you saw exactly what he can do with the next stroke when he hit it just a tick better and almost knocked it out of the stadium,” said Hinch. “I’m glad he swung. He got a good swing and took a good swing.”

The Royals had only five hits from Tigers’ starter Spencer Turnbull in six innings, but they were loud. Carlos Santana hit a homer in two runs in the third and fifth. 36-year-old Jarrod Dyson doubled in size and eventually scored a sacrificial flight from Whit Merrifield.

“Losing sucks,” said Turnbull. “It always sucks. I hate it. I feel like I could have done a few things better and skipped at least one of those runs … I try to give up two runs or less every time. When I do, I do feel like I’ve put our team in a good position to win.

“If I don’t, it could be difficult for us to win.”

According to Elias Sports, this was the first time the Tigers were swept by the Royals at Comerica Park in a four-game series. It was also the Royals’ first four-game game since 1999.

“The nice thing about this situation is that there is a beginning and an end,” said Hinch. “We haven’t reached the end yet, so we need to keep answering these questions. But the only people who can stop that are us in the clubhouse. “

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