For Pete's Sake

With tip of the cap — and a great pitching performance — rookie wins hearts of Royals fans

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Eric Skoglund acknowledged the cheers of the crowd on Tuesday night.
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Eric Skoglund acknowledged the cheers of the crowd on Tuesday night. jsleezer@kcstar.com

One of the best things about watching a game is you never know when something magical is going to happen.

Case in point: The Royals’ 1-0 win over the Tigers on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium. Who would have predicted that, in his major-league debut, Eric Skoglund would outduel Detroit ace Justin Verlander?

But that’s what happened as Skoglund allowed two hits and a walk in 6 1/3 shutout innings. When taken out of the game by Royals manager Ned Yost, Skoglund got a standing ovation as he walked to the dugout. Skoglund doffed his cap and pointed to his parents in the stands.

It was great.

Royals fans loved it.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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