Originally Posted by stonedstooge
I feel that way about Francoeur starting in right field next year. Did we beat the Tiggers tonight? Wasn't on the tube here in KC area tonight
Ironically Hochevar pitched and lost.
-- What the Royals, facing Justin Verlander, needed Monday night from Luke Hochevar was the sort of outing he rarely delivers against the Detroit Tigers. What they got was more of the same.
It wasn’t close to good enough in a 6-2 loss at Comerica Park.
Hochevar’s 6.16 earned-run average against the Tigers is his highest against any division opponent. His worst outing in a season marked by seven starts of yielding at least seven runs came here on May 1 — nine runs and 12 hits in four innings in a 9-3 loss.
“My expectations are high,” Hochevar said. “Every time I take the mound, I expect to win the ballgame. I don’t think about losing at all. When it does happen, that’s when you get (upset).”
With few exceptions, the Tigers didn’t hit Hochevar hard.
“He threw the ball really well,” manager Ned Yost insisted. “He just didn’t have anything to show for it. Give them credit. They found holes. He gave up hits, but there weren’t many of the hard-hit variety.”
Hard-hit or not, Hochevar, 8-15, surrendered 12 hits and five earned runs in 71/3 innings. In short, he didn’t come close to matching Verlander