When and where: April 17, 2019, Comerica Park, Detroit, MI, 6:40 PM ET
The Detroit Tigers continue their two-game interleague series with the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park on Wednesday. After defeating the Washington Nationals, the Pirates hope to end their eight-game road stretch on a high note by knocking off the Tigers, who were defeated in the previous series by the Minnesota Twins. Pittsburgh’s Trevor Williams is expected to get the start against Detroit’s Spencer Turnbull.
Marte hits game-winning two-run homer
It took an extra inning for the Pirates to finally drive the stake in the heart of the Tigers in Tuesday’s Game 1 of the interleague meeting. That seems to be a common theme for the Pirates, who were already coming off a one-run win over the Nationals. Leading in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Pirates just needed three defensive stops to put an end to the night and walk away with their second consecutive win.
They had built a 3-2 lead earlier in the game thanks to a run-scoring single by Pablo Reyes and a two-run home run by Jung Ho Kang. So the game essentially came down to closing pitcher Keone Kela and the Tigers’ desperation hitters. Then Christin Stewart stepped up to the plate and doubled to deep right, followed by Jeimer Candelario driving in the run-scoring single.
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) April 17, 2019
It would have been easy for the Pirates to get rattled and make a mess of things at the top of the 10th inning, but they remained focused in the clutch and put the pressure back on the Tigers with a two-run kill-shot homer by Starling Marte.
Adios, arrivederci and goodnight, Detroit.
Greene gives up crushing two-run home
Shane Greene (2.00 ERA) has been a dependable closer for the Tigers in all eight of his appearances so far this season. He hadn’t allowed a single run, and he had only given up two hits total. Initially, it seemed like he was bound to have another hero moment on the mound, but unfortunately for the Tigers, that isn’t the way things worked out this time.
Green gave up a single hit to Jason Martin before Marte knocked the game-winning 406-foot homer over the fence with two outs at the top of the 10th inning. The Pirates took no chances by going with Nick Kingham after the Kela mishap to force a three-and-out on the Tigers to win the game.
Marte belts game winning homer in extras. #RaiseIt
— Pirates (@Pirates) April 17, 2019
It wasn’t a pretty sight for Tigers fans as their team dropped their fourth consecutive loss. It was also the team’s third home loss in four games. Another gut punch for the Detroit faithful served as simply another reminder that it’s going to be a long season.
- Pirates are 8-3 in their last 11 interleague games against a right-handed starter
- Pirates are 5-2 in their last 7 Wednesday games
- Pirates are 7-3 in their last 10 during game 2 of a series
- Pirates are 47-22 in their last 69 games against teams in the American League Central
- Tigers are 0-5 in their last 5 interleague games against teams with a winning record.
- Tigers are 0-4 in their last 4 games overall
- Tigers are 0-4 in their last 4 games on grass
- Tigers are 0-4 in their last 4 games against a right-handed starter