Carlos Pena went 6-for-6 tonight with 2 home runs and 5 RBI to lead the Tigers over the Royals, 17-7. From May 4 to May 26, Pena also had six hits. However, it took him 16 games and 52 at-bats to do it. Over that period, Pena had 2 home runs and 6 RBI, one more than he had tonight. He also struck 19 times and batted .115.
His 6-for-6 night raised his batting average 32 points (.204 to .236), OBP 25 points (.290 to .315), slugging 72 points (.387 to .459), and his OPS almost 100 points (.677 to .775). It's too bad that those numbers are all substandard for a first baseman (no wonder he's batting 8th).
Meanwhile loser Brian Anderson falls to 1-7 with a 7.82 ERA, a .375 oppnents batting average, and 1.98 WHIP. He allowed 12 hits and 6 runs in four innings but walked just one. The good news was he did not allow a home run though he has allowed 13 in 10 starts this season. He projects to 4-26 on the season, but that might be generous given that he has lost seven straight. He has not gotten past the 6.1 innings in his 5 starts this month and has not allowed fewer than 4 runs in any of his 10 starts (though not always credited as eraned runs).
It was the second time this season Detroit had scored 17, the other being April 23 vs. the Indians (17-3). It was their 7th time scoring runs in double digits this year. Last year, their first double digit run total didn't come until July 17, after the All-Star break, and they did it a grand total of three times.