Austin Schuster – 23 Sports

It’s always been said that good things must come to an end. However, the end does not have to last long. The Royals’ six-game win streak came to an end Tuesday night against the Detroit Tigers, but Brady Singer stepped up again Wednesday night to clinch a split of the two-game series at Comerica Park against the Detroit Tigers.

Scheduled starter Danny Duffy missed the team flight to Detroit on Tuesday night, and as a consequence, he was scratched from his start, and sure enough, it ended up being a consequence for the team. Jakob Junis made the spot start instead, and he could not escape the third inning. He gave up five earned runs, one of which came on a home run by Miguel Cabrera in the third inning. Niko Goodrum, former Royal Jorge Bonifacio and Austin Romine also drove in runs against Junis. The bullpen did a decent job limiting the damage the rest of the night, with the only run coming from a solo homer by Willi Castro in the sixth inning. The offense was blanked by Tigers starter Matthew Boyd, never scoring a run all night, losing the game 6-0. The team only got five hits on the night, all coming from the bats of Whit Merrifield, Salvador Perez and Nicky Lopez.

Fresh off his near no-hitter last Thursday in Cleveland, rookie Singer made the start for Kansas City on Wednesday night. He was once again very impressive, hurling six shutout innings, striking out eight, while only allowing two hits and walking one. Perez had a monster night, going 2-3 with a two-run home run to start the scoring in the first, and an RBI double in the sixth. Merrifield scored on a wild pitch in the eighth inning to cap the scoring. Jesse Hahn, Scott Barlow and Greg Holland each pitched shutout innings to finish the game, and the Royals won 4-0, enough to split the short two-game series in Detroit.

Following another off-day on Thursday, the Royals will head to Milwaukee for their final road series of the year, a three-game weekend set with the Brewers at Miller Park. Duffy will get the start Friday night at 7:10pm against Adrian Houser, rookie Kris Bubic will pitch Saturday night at 6:10 against Corbin Burnes, and Brad Keller will close out the series on Sunday at 1:10pm against Brett Anderson.

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