Ichiro Suzuki once mentioned his favourite English expression involved the description of how hot day games in Kansas City are. (There’s some bleeped NSFW language in that clip.) Well, today in KC was one of those days, and the Tigers certainly felt the heat as they got shut out 6-1, and thus swept by the Royals in the three-game weekend series.
The starting pitching matchup was Tarik Skubal for the Tigers and Daniel Lynch for the Royals; two young, highly-touted lefties. Lynch had three starts back in May that didn’t go very well, but today would be a different story.
The Royals wasted no time getting on the board in the first, with a pair of singles preceding a three-run home run by Salvador Perez. Jorge Soler followed with a solo shot of his own, and it was 4-0 before you were able to finish pouring your first beverage of the afternoon. Skubal then settled down and retired the next three batters, and had a 1-2-3 second.
In the fourth, Soler struck again with another solo home run, widening the gap to 5-0. By this point in the game, Skubal was just reaching back and just givin’ ’er with his fastball, touching 99 mph. Dan Petry on the radio broadcast observed that…