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Pirates Offense Lights Up Tigers

After a dismal performance by the offense over the weekend, it was hard to imagine much of change in that with the Detroit Tigers coming to town.  The Pittsburgh Pirates would once again be without reigning MVP Andrew McCutchen, as he was placed on the 15-day DL today.

Jeff Locke started for Pittsburgh and while he earned the win, it was not his best night.  He would only last through five innings giving up four runs on eight hits, while walking four and striking out only one batter.  Detroit would score first on the night when Miguel Cabrera singled to shallow right.

Pittsburgh took it to Tigers starter Justin Verlander early tonight by putting up five runs in the bottom part of the inning.  Starling Marte brought in three with a bases clearing triple.  He would then come home on a fielding error that allowed Travis Snider to reach first.  Snider would then score on a Jayson Nix single to right.  Verlander would leave the game after one inning with shoulder soreness.

The Pirates pushed the lead to 8-1 in the second, when Russell Martin hit a sac fly that brought in Gregory Polanco.  Snider would hit his first of two home runs on the night, this one a two run shot, to close out the scoring for the inning.  Detroit made a bit of a rally in the sixth when they knocked Locke out of the game with three more runs.

There would be more Bucco Blasts in the sixth.  That is when Martin and Ike Davis would hit back to back jacks, solo shots, for the Pirates ninth and tenth runs of the night.  Rajai Davis would bring in two runs for the Tigers in the eighth with a double.  Snider would hit his second homer in the eighth to cap the scoring and give Pittsburgh an 11-6 victory.

Loved seeing the offense come out from the beginning and continue to pour it on throughout the night.  Hopefully the pitching is able to limit the amount of runs Detroit scores throughout the remainder of the series, but if the offense does this, then I think they are in good hands.  The PNC Park portion of this series will wrap up tomorrow night at 7:05pm with Edinson Volquez taking on Robbie Ray.

Record vs. Tigers:  1-0

Record vs. American League:  7-7

Record at Home:  38-24

Overall Record:  63-55



As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!

Zane Heiple

Zane is Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands and a weekly contributor for Armchair Report on NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, and NCAA related topics. He's also the smartest man in the world. Just ask him.