The Detroit Tigers got the best of the Pittsburgh Pirates once again at PNC Park, completing the two- game series sweep with a 3-1 victory this afternoon.
Mitch Keller started for Pittsburgh, lasting six innings while giving up one run on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Wil Crowe was tagged with the loss, giving up a run on three hits, while Chris Stratton also gave up a run. Will Vest earned the victory for Detroit, while Gregory Soto notched his 12th save of the season.
The Tigers scored the game’s first run in the top of the second when Daz Cameron tripled home Eric Haase to make it 1-0. Pittsburgh responded with their only run of the day, coming off the bat of Jack Suwinski for his 7th homerun of the season.
Detroit broke the 1-1 tie in the top of the eighth. Miguel Cabrera singled home Harold Castro to make it 2-1. Cameron’s double in the ninth added an insurance run, scoring Haase to make it 3-1, which would be the final score.
The Bucs did manage to make things interesting in the bottom of the ninth inning. But with runners on first and third and two outs, Cal Mitchell struck out on a foul tip to end the threat and the game.
This was a disappointing performance for the Pirates this week, especially off their strong play against the N.L. West last road trip and into last weekend. They will need to shake this one off fast as they head south to take on the Atlanta Braves for four games, beginning tomorrow night.
Record vs. Tigers: 1-3
Record vs. American League: 1-3
Record at Home: 13-17
Overall Record: 24-30
Let’s Go Bucs!