After seemingly have everything go right for the team on Opening Day on Monday, it seemed that the second game of the year on Wednesday was the exact opposite. Mike Maroth got hit all around the park, Magglio Ordonez had to take himself out of the game, and the Royals ran away with the game.
It just wasn't the Tigers day. That was evident by the start of the game, where the Royals put up two runs in the first inning against Mike Maroth
. It never got better, as the Tigers fell 7-2.
Maroth appeared to settle down, but again came the surging Royals in the 4th inning, and this time they chased him from the game. Maroth made it just three and two-thirds innings, allowing five runs on 11 hits.
Maroth's opponent, Runelvys Hernandez had no such struggles. Hernandez gave up one run in seven innings en route to his victory of the season.
For the Royals, Tony Graffanino had a big day on offense, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Mike Sweeney also had a pair of hits and a pair of RBI.
The Tigers didn't have much going offensively, but Carlos Guillen did manage three hits in the losing effort. Dmitri Young and Omar Infante each drove in a run.
Thursday the two teams wrap up their series with another afternoon game. Jason Johnson will face Zack Greinke.