So far this season the Tigers bats have been more hype than actual punch and Friday night was another example of that as Detroit fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-1 in the opening game of the weekend series from PNC.
Tigers starter Doug Fister although shaky to begin the game settled down allowing 4 runs (2 earned) on 8 hits in 6 innings pitched. Fister also struck out seven and walked one in almost zero run support.
Meanwhile the Tigers also continued to fall victim to mistakes in the field.
In the second inning, Doug Fister attempted to field the ball to third off the bat of Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett. Fister’s throw however sailed over the head of Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera and into left field where Delmon Young couldn’t field it cleanly. Errors were charged to both Fister and Young on the play which ended up costing the Tigers two runs.
Meanwhile A.J. Burnett for the most part shut down the Tigers stagnant offense allowing only three base runners during the first five innings.
Burnett improved to 5-0 at home this season, allowing six earned runs in 48 2/3 innings at PNC Park (1.11 ERA).
The Tigers’ lone run came in the seventh inning when Ramon Santiago’s RBI double scored Jhonny Peralta.
The run allowed the Tigers to extend their club record streak of not being shut out to 138 games.
Ref: Associated Press