The offensive struggles for the Pittsburgh Pirates continued on Tuesday night, resulting in a 4-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
The Pirates managed just five hits on Tuesday and were not able to push a run across the plate. Baseball, at times, can be a very simple game. You can’t win if you don’t score, which has been the biggest issue for this team since starting off the season with a 20-8 much to the surprise of the league.
Tonight, they couldn’t solve Michael Lorenzen, who improved to 2-2 on the season after pitching five shutout innings, giving up five hits and striking out seven batters. The Tigers’ bullpen was dominant as well, not surrendering a single hit in three innings of relief.
Luis Ortiz suffered the loss for the Bucs tonight, giving up four runs (three earned) on seven hits with four walks.
Detroit scored a pair of runs in the first inning to take control of the game early. Javier Baez singled home Riley Greene to make it 1-0, and later in the inning, a RBI double by Spencer Torkelson made it 2-0.
A horrific third inning by Ortiz resulted in two more runs crossing the plate. A throwing error on a pickoff attempt allowed the Tigers’ third run to score, and a wild pitch by Ortiz allowed Akil Baddoo to cross the plate for Detroit’s fourth and final run of the game.
Unfortunately, tonight’s game followed the trend that has become increasingly common for this team. The offense simply cannot score runs. Despite the imperfections of the pitching staff and the defense, the main culprit of this horrific slide the Bucs have been on the past couple weeks is the lack of run support. Hopefully they can put some runs on the board on Wednesday afternoon when they wrap up this short series in Detroit. Rich Hill will be on the mound for the Pirates opposing Eduardo Rodriguez for the Tigers.
Record vs. Tigers: 0-1
Record vs. American League: 7-12
Record on the Road; 12-11
Overall Record: 22-20
Let’s Go Bucs!