The 3rd loss came Thursday afternoon, when Knotts just couldn't keep the Royals off the basepaths. Knotts allowed 6 hits and walked 3 in 4 1/3 innings. During that time, he gave up 8 runs (7 earned). Wilfredo Ledezma came in and provided 3 innings of relief while keeping the team in the game. But then Danny Patterson came in, and struggled in his first appearance since coming off the DL, giving up 3 more runs and signaling the end for the game.
Jimmy Gobble's start opposite Knotts wasn't real impressive, 5 runs allowed in 5 2/3 innings. But it was better than Knotts, and because of it, he got the win.
At the plate, the Tigers were led by their #1 and #9 hitters, Omar Infante and Nook Logan. Omar Infante launched a pair of Home Runs on his way to a 2-for-5 day with 3 RBI. CF Nook Logan had another good game in his 2nd game up from Toledo, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Royals had plenty to talk about offensively, but no one more than Mike Sweeney. Sweeney had 2 Home Runs and 7 RBI, helping take down the Tigers. SS Angel Berroa also went 3-for-4 with 4 runs scored and an RBI.