Tigers find some offense, but lose fourth straight, 6-3 in Pittsburgh

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 9, 2017

Can the Pittsburgh Pirates hold off the Detroit Tigers for a second win in two days when they meet tonight at 7:05PM ET?

This was the second of a four-game interleague series that switches to Detroit's Comerica Park for the final two.

Bell has hit 19 homers with a.342 wOBA, so far this year and out models project him for 6 more home runs with 24 RBI and 23 runs scored the rest of the 2017 season. After singles by David Freese and Sean Rodriguez and a Francisco Cervelli, the bases were loaded with 2 outs for pitcher Chad Kuhl. Kuhl is coming off a 7-inning scoreless effort against the Reds in his last start.

Monday's game saw the Tigers held to just one hit as Trevor Williams pitched seven scoreless with five strikeouts and his bullpen pitched a pair of flawless innings.

Jeimer Candelario, sent up to pinch-hit for the pitcher's spot, ripped an 0-2 single to right field in his first at-bat as a Tiger to start the inning. He grounded out to second base in his second at-bat.

Tigers starter Matthew Boyd retired the first six batters in order.

Boyd quickly was pulled in the fifth after allowing consecutive no-out singles by Josh Harrison, McCutchen and Freese, which scored Harrison. The Pirates led 4-0. McCutchen scored on a Mercer sacrifice fly to extend the lead to 6-0.

Kinsler scored on a wild pitch and Adduci came home on a sacrifice fly by Miguel Cabrera. But in the third, the Pirates took a 1-0 lead when Starling Marte dropped a two-out single in right that scored Jordy Mercer, who reached with a leadoff double. Schugel continues to be a very undervalued member of the Pirate bullpen.

In the sixth, the Tigers scored three runs on three hits.

On Monday, Pirates relievers George Kontos and Juan Nicasio dispatched six straight Tigers hitters. Rivero bounced back from a 41-pitch outing Sunday to earn his 10th save.

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