Welcome back, Kinsler. Ian returned to action for the Detroit Tigers last night. He hit his seventh double and walked in five trips to the plate in a 5-3 loss to the visiting LA Angels as the Tigers fell to a game under the .500 mark at 28-29. Brad Ausmus concerns? The Tigers had won six of nine during Kinsler’s absence.
Danny Valencia kept up his hot hitting, although he was “just” 1-for-3 plus a walk in a 12-3 over the visiting Minnesota Twins. Valencia, who set a franchise record with nine straight hits, cracked his 10th double — a bases-clearing shot as part of a seven-run fourth inning — and scored twice. Craig Breslow pitch 1.1 innings, gave up two hits, struck out one, and threw a wild pitch but he did not allow either of the two runners he inherited to score.
All good things must come to an end and that’s what happened to the Houston Astros’ 11-game winning streak. They lost to the host KC Royals, 9-7, with Alex Bregman going hitless in five at-bats. The ‘Stros still have the best record in the Majors at 42-17.
Kevin Pillar was 1-for-4 as the Toronto Blue Jays ( 28-31) fell t the host Oakland A’s, 4-1.
Scott Feldman did not appear for the Cincinnati Reds (27-30) in their 13-1 win over the visiting St. Louis cardinals but not-a-MOT Scooter Gennett sure did. He was 5-for-5 with four home runs to tie a Major League record, driving in all but three of the Reds’ runs.
Richard Bleier did not appear for the Baltimore orioles in their 6-5, 10-inning win over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.
Brad Goldberg did not appear for the Chicago White Sox in their 4-2 win over the host Tampa Bay Rays.
Tags: Alex Bregman, Craig Breslow, Danny Valencia, Ian Kinsler, Kevin Pillar