After beating the Detroit Tigers this afternoon at Comerica Park, the Pittsburgh Pirates came up short this evening in game two of today’s doubleheader. The Tigers beat the Bucs by a 5-2 score, as the two teams split today’s twin bill.
Miguel Yajure started for Pittsburgh tonight, giving up four runs on four hits in 4.1 innings of work. He was bested by his mount opponent, Spencer Turnbull, who gave up one run on two hits in five innings.
The Pirates took the early lead in this one, as Erik Gonzalez doubled home Bryan Reynolds in the top of the first to make it a 1-0 game. A solo homerun by Niko Goodrum in the third tied the game.
Detroit took control in the fifth with three runs. Jonathan Schoop hit a solo homerun to left center field to give the Tigers the lead, and a double by Akil Baddoo and a single by Willi Castro scored their third and fourth runs.
A solo homerun by red-hot Phillip Evans in the sixth brought the Bucs within a pair of runs, but Detroit answered in the bottom of that inning with a single by Harold Castro to once again make it a three run game.
This was a disappointing ending to the day for the Bucs, who by winning the first game and by taking an early lead in the this one, had a chance to steal two games on the road to kick off this series. They will now take the field tomorrow afternoon looking to win their third series in a row as they face off against the Tigers in the rubber match of this series.
Record vs. Tigers: 1-1
Record vs. American League: 1-1
Record on the Road: 4-7
Overall Record: 8-10
Let’s Go Bucs!