Schenectady’s Casper Wells Leads Detroit To Win Over Kansas City
Justin Verlander got all the headlines in the Tigers’ win over the Royals on Sunday but Casper Wells provided the offensive firepower.
The Schenectady native had his first Major League steal and scored the Tigers only 2 runs in Detroit’s 2-1 victory over Kansas City.
Wells got the Tigers off to a great start in the 4th inning. With the score tied at 0, he led off the inning with a double. Brennan Bosch’s double would score him from 2nd for a 1-0 lead.
The Tigers got the winning run in the 6th – thanks to the Schenectady High School graduate. Wells drew a walk and then stole 2nd. Magglio Ordonez hit an RBI single – which scored Wells and gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead.
For the game, Wells went 1-for-3 with a double, walk, stolen base and 2 runs. At the All-Star break, he’s batting .259 with 4 homeruns and 12 RBI’s. Of his 29 hits this season, 14 have been for extra bases (10 doubles, 4 homers).
Detroit pitcher Justin Verlander was the big story in this game. The All-Star went 7 2/3 innings, allowed just six hits and did not walk a batter while getting charged with one unearned run en route to his 12th victory of the year. He has not allowed more than two runs in nine straight starts.