The Pittsburgh Pirates and Detroit Tigers were supposed to start a short two game series at Comerica Park on Tuesday night. That series became even more compact, into a doubleheader, after a game one rainout. Pittsburgh jumped out in front first, but a series of errors led to a three-run inning for Detroit and pushed them to a 3-2 victory.
The unusual use of pitching we have seen early this year continued, with Dillon Peters working 3.1 innings and allowing one hit with four strikeouts and one walk during his start. He was countered by Michael Pineda who allowed two runs on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts during his 4.1 innings on the mound.
Those two runs happened on a Ben Gamel triple to right center that scored Cole Tucker and Andrew Knapp. That lead was short lived with the Tigers plating all three of their runs in the bottom half of the inning. Robbie Grossman got it started with a sac fly to center. A fielding error by Ke’Bryan Hayes allowed Willi Castro and Akil Baddoo to score on a ball put in play by Javier Baez.
Bryse Wilson was tagged with the loss after pitching 3.2 innings. His final line was three runs, zero earned, on two hits with six strikeouts and one walk. He was replaced in the eighth by Wil Crowe, who had a clean outing on the day. Along with the error from Hayes, Knapp, and Tucker would commit one as well. The Pirates would have just as many errors as Detroit had hits.
Record vs. Tigers: 0-1
Record vs. American League: 0-1
Record on the Road: 4-7
Overall Record: 9-14
Let’s Go Bucs!