Detroit Tigers’ Tarik Skubal struggles again in 7-4 loss to Royals

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

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

“When you have a chance to beat a team in a series and you come out and don’t execute, that’s the biggest issue,” manager AJ Hinch said, when asked about his bullpen usage. “We were just trying to win the series today.

“When you’re in the middle 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 match up fine with. 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 out shy of completing five innings for the third start in a row. In total, Tigers pitchers allowed 11 hits and eight walks.

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

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