Detroit Tigers’ Tarik Skubal is struggling again with a 7-4 loss to the Royals


Detroit Tigers' Tarik Skubal is struggling again with a 7-4 loss to the Royals

Less than 24 hours after two big hitters, the Detroit Tigers failed to capitalize on a base-loaded opportunity in the fifth inning and walked too many batters in Sunday’s game.

The Tigers left the Kansas City Royals on Saturday thanks to back-to-back home runs in the ninth inning from Victor Reyes and Riley Greene. There was no ninth-inning heroics on Sunday, however, as the Tigers lost 7-4 in the series finals at Comerica Park.

“If you have a chance to beat a team in a series and you come out and don’t convert it, that’s the biggest problem,” said manager AJ Hinch when asked about his bullpen usage. “We just tried to win the series today.

“When you’re in the thick of the competition, I’m more upset that we didn’t win the series against a team that we have a good chance against and can compete with well. We didn’t do our job.”

Detroit Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario (46) and catcher Tucker Barnhart (15) talk to starting pitcher Tarik Skubal (29) during the second inning against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park.

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Left-hander Tarik Skubal allowed five of KC’s seven runs. He finished one less than five innings for the third straight start. Overall, Tigers pitchers allowed 11 hits and eight walks.

“I feel like I’m fighting myself a little bit,” Skubal said. “The command and the mechanics, sometimes you’re just fighting yourself, and I feel like that’s what I’m doing right now. I just need to be better at not doing that.”

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