What was a huge issue last year for Kansas City, is turning into a big bright spot this season.
Brady Singer pitched seven innings, allowing only one run, as the Royals defeated their AL Central rival Detroit Tigers 1-0 on Saturday afternoon.
His command was on point throughout the afternoon, something that, according to Singer, he has become very aware of as of late.
“Fastball command feels really good,” Singer said. “That’s something that after that first start against Texas, I knew I didn’t have the command that I usually do. That’s been an incredible help. I think another thing is just attacking the zone, kind of going right at these guys, not nibbling too much.”
Management has also begun to notice Singer’s excellent fastball.
“This guy is going to live and die with fastball command, like most pitchers are,” manager Mike Matheny said of Singer. “His secondary pitches can get him through certain parts of the order at certain times until he gets back to where he can locate, but he’s got unique stuff. He’s got unique makeup. To go with that, he’s got the ability to spot pitches with good movement, and it’s different. It’s late movement. You can see how the hitters react that tells you that it’s different.”
Offensively, neither team produced much, but the Royals produced just enough to sneak past the Tigers.
Both of the Royals’ two runs were scored in the bottom of the fifth. Andrew Benintendi‘s fielder choice scored Jorge Soler to make it a 1-1 game, and later in the inning, a throwing error by the Tigers allowed Benintendi to score from third base, giving the Royals a 2-1 lead, a lead in which they would not yield.