Jason Johnson is not on his way to closing out the season strong. He is now 0-5 in his last starts, with Thursday afternoon's game being the worst of the bunch.
Johnson was hit hard from the start, and ended up exiting after 2 1/3 innings, allowing 11 runs (9 of them earned). Johnson did only give up 6 hits, and also walked 4.
The bullpen came in to try and stop the bleeding, but that didn't happen either. Lino Urdaneta came in, and was charged with 6 more runs, without ever recording an out. Franklyn German, Craig Dingman and John Ennis - the back end of the Toledo Mudhens' bullpen just days ago - also gave up runs, 2, 4, and 3, respectively.
Zack Greinke wasn't lights out, but with the offensive support he got, he obviously didn't need to be. He pitched 5 innings, giving up 3 runs to get the win.
Every Royals' starter managed at least 1 hit and 1 run. Angel Berroa drove in 5 and scored 4. Joe Randa drove in 6 and scored 6. David DeJesus drove in 3 and scored 4. Albert Castillo went 3-for-4 with 4 RBI. To put it simply, everyone got in on the fun.
Luckily for Detroit, they won't have to let the loss sit long, as they finish up their season series with the Royals later on Thursday. Jeremy Bonderman will go up against Derrick May, once the Tigers are done licking their wounds and can return to the field.