Tigers, Pirates: Series Recap

By Kent FIott
Apr. 26, 2018

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Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Following what seems to be the current trend for the beginning of the MLB Season, the weather in Pittsburgh on Tuesday night did not cooperate for the opening game of the series between the Tigers and the Pirates.

This would be the 7th postponement for the Tigers since the season opened up on March, 29th.

The cancellation on Tuesday night would lead to the 3rd scheduled double header of the year on Wednesday, which has to be some kind of record this early into the season.

Pitching was not at a premium in Game 1 of the series to say the least. Jordan Zimmerman struggled once again on the mound for the Tigers giving up 6 runs (3 earned) through 3 innings. It's beginning to become tough to watch Jordan these days.

I understand the organization is paying him a ton of money, but there comes a time when you have to realize he just doesn't have it anymore. They waited to long to notice the same thing with Anibal, I hope the Tigers don't make that same mistake twice.

The top of the order for the Tigers absolutely crushed the ball in Game 1 - the first 4 hitters in the lineup went a combined 13 for 23 with 8 RBIs and 3 HRs.

The Pirate bats were no slouch either as they managed 10 runs on 14 hits.

The Tigers were able to tie the score with a FG in the beginning stages of the 4th quarter (8th inning, hopefully you pick up on the sarcasm here) and plated the winning run in the top of the ninth inning.

After a mid day break - Game 2 of the series got underway.

The Pirates got on the board first in the second inning spearheaded by a Jose Osuna 3 run dinger. They continued to hold the Tigers scoreless until Nick Castellanos plated Jeimer Candalrio in the Top of the 4th inning.

Leonys Martin continued his assault on pitchers with a two run homer off Chad Kuhl in the top of the 5th bringing the Tigers to within 1 run

However, at the end of the day, Pittsburgh was able to touch up the Tigers Bullpen (Norris, Farmer, and Lewicki) for 4 runs in 3 innings and they sat on cruise control for the win.

The third and final game of the series featured a pitchers duel between the likes of Michael Fulmer for the Tigers and Ivan Nova of the Pirates.

Pitching did not disappoint in this one - as both pitching staffs kept the game scoreless at zero through the first 8 innings.

The Tigers made some noise to start of the the 9th inning when Miguel Cabrera led off with a single up the middle, Nick Castellanos followed that up with a base hit off the pitchers glove, and Niko Goodrum was walked to load the bases.

However, as has been the case for to much of the year, the Tigers left the bases loaded as McCann, Martinez, and Iglesias were not able to come up with a hit to put the team ahead.

Leaving the bases stranded would come back to haunt the Tigers in the Bottom of the 9th inning.

Alex Wilson was able to strike out the lead off batter, but it was all for not when Corey Dickerson crushed a meatball over the right field fence for a walk off big fly to end the game.

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Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The win today completes a 2-1 series win for the Pirates.

It's been a rough start to the season for Alex Wilson to say the least, I don't know the solution for Gardenhire right now in the bullpen, but it doesn't seem like Wilson should continue to be a part of the equation.

Michael Fulmer went 6 innings allowing only 4 hits and striking out 9 batters for the Tigers. He's had a solid start to the season and has been one of the few bright spots - along with Liriano and Boyd for the pitching staff

GAME 1:

Det 13 - Pit 10

WP - Daniel Stumpf

LP - Jameson Taillon

S - Shane Greene

DET

L. Martin: 2-6, 1 RBI, 1HR

J. Candelario: 3-6, 1 RBI, 5 runs, 1 HR

N. Castellanos: 4-5, 4 RBIs, 1 HR

PIT

F. Cervelli: 3-4, 6 RBIs, 1 HR

C. Moran: 2-4, 2 RBIs, 1 HR

GAME 2:

Pit 8 - Det 3

WP - Chad Kuhl - 8Ks, 3 ERs

LP - Matthew Boyd - 3Ks, 4 ERs

DET

L. Martin: 1-4, 2 RBIs, 1 HR

N. Castellanos: 1-4, 1 RBI

PIT

J. Osuna: 2-4, 3 RBIs, 1 HR

D. Freese: 2-5, 2 Rs, 1 RBI

GAME 3:

Pit 1 - Det 0

WP - Felipe Vazquez

LP - Alex Wilson - 0-3, 6.08 ERA

PIT

C. Dickerson: 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 HR

A. Frazier: 2-4

DET

L. Martin: 2-4