Pena's line drive struck the Royals reliever on the forehead,
leaving a clear imprint of the baseball.
Huisman was OK after Pena's single, one of a team record-tying
27 hits by the Tigers in a 17-7 romp Thursday.
"We got so many base hits, I just couldn't believe it," Pena
Pena went 6-for-6 with two home runs and five RBI, and now
shares the club record for hits in a nine-inning game with Ty Cobb
and two others.
"Things like this never happen. Very, very seldom do they
happen," Pena said.
Detroit also clubbed eight doubles in easily setting the major
league high for hits this season, eclipsing the 23 the White Sox
got against Minnesota on May 23.
The Tigers also had the most hits in the majors since Boston got
28 in a 25-8 rout of Florida at Fenway Park last June 27.
"What a day!" Detroit manager Alan Trammell said. "To me,
that just sums it up."
The 27 hits -- eight doubles, 17 singles and Pena's two home runs
-- tied the team record set on Sept. 29, 1928, against the New York
Huisman was struck by Pena's liner in the sixth. He wobbled a
moment and then walked off without assistance.
Afterward, the seams of the ball could be easily seen on his
"It's fine. I don't hurt at all," said Huisman, who deflected
the ball a bit with his glove and cap.
"I'm more mad at how the outing and the game was going. It's
just one of those days when the ball was flying and they weren't
Pena hit a solo homer in the eighth inning and added a three-run
shot in the ninth.
Four Royals pitchers set a team record for hits allowed,
breaking the mark of 26 against the Yankees in 1972.
The Tigers, a team that found itself on the wrong side of
several lopsided games last season in setting an AL record with 119
losses, posted their 22nd victory. Last year, they did not win No.
22 until July 8.
"This feels good after chasing down 120 last year," third
baseman Brandon Inge said. "It was just one of those days when
every ball was finding a hole. It was contagious, I guess."
Winner Nate Robertson (4-3), a native of Wichita, Kan., went
five innings, giving up three hits and two runs while dozens of
friends and family watched his first appearance in Kansas City.
Brian Anderson (1-7), who leads the league with seven losses, 97
hits allowed and 51 earned runs, saw his ERA climb to 7.82. He was
charged with six runs on 12 hits in four-plus innings.
"There's not much to say," he said. "That game pretty much
speaks for itself. There's not much I'm going to add to it. I don't
even feel bad for me anymore. I feel bad for the guys in this room
who have to watch it."
The Tigers put their leadoff hitter on base in each of the first
six innings and scored in every inning except the fourth and
They took a 2-0 lead in the first on RBI singles by Rondell
White and Craig Monroe, then made it 4-0 with Sanchez's RBI single
in the second and Pena's RBI single in the third.
Inge and Rodriguez each had two RBI in a six-run fifth that put
the Tigers on top 10-2. In the sixth, the Tigers loaded the bases
on three singles, with the third bouncing off Huisman's head.
"That ball was smoked," Trammell said. "It's a good thing he
was able to deflect it, or he wouldn't be walking around."
Ken Harvey homered, doubled and drove in four runs for the
While some record books say the Tigers had 28 hits in that
1928 game, the Elias Sports Bureau said the official score sheet of
that game lists Detroit with 27. ... Sanchez laid down his
league-leading seventh sacrifice bunt in the fourth inning after
Infante doubled leading off. ... Kansas City RF Byron Gettis had a
rough major league debut. Brought up to replace the disabled Juan
Gonzalez, he was 0-for-2, threw to the wrong base on one play, had
trouble picking up the ball on another play and got hit by a pitch.
... The Royals have been letting DH-1B Mike Sweeney practice in
left field in anticipation of interleague play.