The Tigers last night were looking to get back to .500 for the first time in five weeks as they opened a 10-game road trip by taking on the Pirates. Instead,Detroit’s record dropped to 34-and-36 with a 4-to-1 loss at Pittsburgh.
The defeat had the markings of what’s dogged the Tigers season long slide to mediocrity: weak hitting and shoddy defense. The Pirates plated a pair of runs in the first inning with 3 hits off Detroit starter Doug Fister and then in the bottom of the second, Fister threw wildly into left field trying to cut down a lead runner at third and Delmon Young couldn’t pick it up cleanly and the two errors allowed Pittsburgh to double their lead to 4-to-0.
A.J. Burnett tossed six innings of two-hit ball to pace the Pirates and won his seventh straight start. Fister settled down to last six innings but he took the loss to drop to 1-and-4. Ramon Santiago’s rbi double accounted for the lone run the Tigers, who managed only 4-hits on the night.
Max Scherzer goes to the mound for the Tigers this afternoon. The last time he face Pittsburghback on May 20th inDetroit he fanned 15 Pirate batters in a 4-to-3 victory at Comerica Park.
Last night’s loss slipped the third place Tigers to 3-and-a-half games behind the Central division leading Indians. The White Sox are a game-and-a-half out after they lost 1-to-0 in ten-innings to the Brewers. And the Cubs fell 6-to-1 at Arizona.