It seems inevitable that the Kansas City Royals will lose 100 games for the third time in the last four years.
Just don’t tell the Royals that.
Kansas City will try to complete a four-game sweep of the slumping Detroit Tigers, and keep its loss total at 99 for at least another day.
The Royals have not swept a four-game set since taking four in a row from Minnesota at the Metrodome in 1999.
Emil Brown and Chip Ambres homered as Kansas City defeated Detroit 4-2 on Tuesday to sweep a doubleheader. Mike Sweeney’s RBI double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth gave the Royals a 5-4 victory in the opener.
“We never quit, never die,” Sweeney said. “We didn’t have a huge crowd today, but the fans we do have, we want to put on a pretty good show so that next year when we’re winning we can fill the stadium up like the Chiefs do.”
Brown hit his 15th home run, a solo shot estimated at 440 feet to left-center. He leads the Royals with 80 RBIs. Ambres’ home run was the third of his career.
Kansas City avoided its 100th loss for the third consecutive game, and swept a doubleheader for the first time since June 7, 2003, at Colorado.
The Tigers have lost six straight and 17 of 21 in September.
“We’re just not getting it done,” Detroit manager Alan Trammell said. “I’m not getting the message across. This really bothers me. I know I’m responsible, but guys have got to do it. It’s inexcusable to be going through this losing streak. Losing doesn’t sit well with me. It shouldn’t sit well with anybody. We have to keep working. I know no other way. There’s no magic potion.”