Torkelson’s homer pushes the Tigers past the Royals, 2-1

Kansas City, Mo. – Tiger’s assistant pitching coach Juan Nieves threw down his hat. He was so sure.

“He called on,” said Michael Fulmer, who closed out the Tigers’ tense 2-1 win over the Kansas City Royals Friday night. He said, “Tork homer here,” and he threw his hat down to confirm it. Everyone knows that, right? You throw your hat down to confirm your shot. You get one in the game. If he does not hit it, you lose it.

“Juan was right.”

Did he ever.

Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera, left, congratulates Spencer Torkelson, center, after Torkelson struck a two-run homerun during the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals Friday in Kansas City, Mo.

Rookie Spencer Torkelson, with Miguel Cabrera in second place and the Tigers down 1-0 in seventh inning, shot a 0-1 sinker and put it 432 feet over the Tigers’ bullpen and into the small portion of the seats in the left field. The ball left his bat at an exit speed of 111.5 mph.

He turned to Tiger’s excavation immediately after contact and shouted, “Come on, honey!”

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