Note: For an end of game Tigers score update, text SCORES to 80373
DETROIT (WKZO) -- Donning the retro uniforms to pay tribute to the Negro Leagues, the Tigers couldn’t re-kindle the magic of last night’s performance, and fell to Pittsburgh Saturday, 4-3.
The teams traded two-run long balls to open the scoring. The difference was a second two-run shot in the fifth for Pittsburgh.
A passed ball in the seventh inning scored Miguel Cabrera pulling Detroit closer, but the Tigers scoring ended there.
The Pirates struck first in the opening frame on an Andrew McCutchen two-run homer. McCutchen struck again in the fifth. All four Pittsburgh runs were charged to Tiger’s starter Drew Smyly.
Smyly lasted 4.2 innings, giving up seven hits while walking a pair and striking out a pair of batters. Villarreal, Coke, and Benoit all saw playing time in relief. A.J. Burnett gave up seven hits and walked three while striking out two for the Pirates. Burnett was touched for a two-run homer off the bat of Prince Fielder, tying the game in the third.
Unlike last night, Detroit’s offense sputtered, leaving 10 runners in scoring position, and finished 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
Detroit is still in search for back-to-back wins as the Tigers and Pirates wrap up their series Sunday afternoon. Max Scherzer will make the start for Detroit with the first pitch set for 1:05 pm on AM 590 WKZO.