What a difference a Davies makes. After being held to 1 run on 3 hits yesterday the Tigers busted out 9 runs on 11 hits. This time the the Zach with the win was wearing the Old English D.
Zach Miner had another strong start in his home state. He picked up the win after throwing 5 pretty good innings. While he had trouble finding the strike zone at times, he got the outs when he needed them. What more can you ask for of a 5th starter?
Miner left the game in the 6th, and the bullpen took over. Bobby Seay allowed the only run for the Royals (it was charged to Miner as he allowed the leadoff single in the 6th), and if that was it for KC. Even Brandon Lyon kept the Royals off the board. He pitched 1 2/3rds of no hit baseball. The only blemish on his box score was a lone walk. And hey who's that new guy out of the bullpen? Why it's Joel Zumaya. The velocity was there, the accuracy decent. A double play helped him out, and a harmless fly ball ended the game.
Zach Miner kept the Royals off the scoreboard, the 6-9 hitters for the Tigers did a majority of the damage against Kyle Davies. 6 through 9 had 8 of the 11 hits, and drove in 4. Gerald Laird lead the way going 3 for 4 with a 2 run homer. Magglio Ordonez finally added an extra base hit, and his first home run of the season to cap the scoring in the ninth.
So the Tigers are back in a first place tie, and Armando Galarraga faces Sidney Ponson tomorrow for the series finale. And we still haven't seen Farnsworth yet.
Tigers 9 Royals 1
W: Miner (2-1)
L: Davies (1-1)
W - L
9 - 8