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Ian Kinsler homers, hits a walkoff single for the Tigers

Apr 2, 2014, 5:06 PM EDT

Ian Kinsler AP

Ian Kinsler is making himself a lot of friends in Detroit. In his second game as a Tiger, Kinsler knocked in both of the Tigers’ runs via a fourth inning solo home run and a walkoff single in the 10th to give the Tigers a 2-1 win over Kansas City.

After Max Scherzer tossed eight shutout innings and Royals starter Jason Vargas allowed only one run in seven, the bullpens were big factors in this one. First up was new Tigers closer Joe Nathan, who allowed a single and then walked two to load the bases and then allowed a sac fly to send the game into extra innings. In the 10th, Ned Yost decided to go with Tim Collins even though Greg Holland was fresh, having only faced one batter two days ago. Collins walked two and then gave up the game-winning hit to Kinsler. Or game-losing, depending on your point of view.

So, two games between the Tigers and Royals and two games where Ned Yost’s bullpen usage played a big role (on Monday Yost went with Wade Davis to start a tied ninth inning and only called on Holland once two men were on base).

The bullpen is supposed to be the Royals’ greatest strength, but Yost is doing his best to neutralize that in the early going.

  1. missthemexpos - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:22 PM

    Yost is doing his best ruin Joe Posnanski’s pick for division winner once again!

  2. historiophiliac - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    Two games in a row with walkoffs. Both courtesy of pickups. So far, so good.

    • clemente2 - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      Tigers picked up Yost? DIdn’t see that.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 2, 2014 at 5:39 PM

        ?

      • jkcalhoun - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:57 PM

        It’s like having a 26-man roster even on days when you’re not playing a doubleheader.

  3. stoutfiles - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    If not using your closer in a tie ballgame is labeled a bad decision, then there is no hope for the Royals. You have to be confident your other guys can get it done.

  4. Minoring In Baseball - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    The Tigers will take those wins, especially if the Royals will be pushing them in the Central this season. They need to start putting up some runs, though, to take some pressure off the pitching, no matter how deep into the game they go. The bullpen is still a little suspect, though they did pitch well the last two games.

    http://minoringinbaseball.com/

  5. weaselpuppy - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Having Wade Davis on a MLB roster is the poor decision. It tempts the manager to use him (wrongly) when he shouldn’t even be in the league. Tigers fans the past couple years know this phenomena well with Ramon Santiago and Don Kelly…..

  6. moogro - Apr 2, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    September 15, 2014: Ned signs extension. Later: Royals miss playoffs to Detroit by 1 game. These games have got to hurt knowing this.

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