Tigers at Pirates Preview
The Pittsburgh Pirates totaled five runs while getting swept in a four-game series at Philadelphia over the weekend and are losers of six of their last seven. The Pirates will try to turn things around when they return home and host the Detroit Tigers in the opener of a three-game interleague series on Tuesday.
Pittsburgh scored two or fewer runs in each of its last six losses and wasted a strong pitching effort in a 3-2 loss in 11 innings on Sunday. “It falls in our lap,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told reporters. “We had opportunities. We had them throughout the game. We had a rough week. We need to take a day off and figure it out and show up ready to play at home (on Tuesday).” The Tigers are winners of five of their last seven but suffered a bit of a letdown when they missed out on a chance to win a four-game series by falling to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday. The Tigers were swept in a three-game series at home against Pittsburgh to begin the season and will try to get some revenge when they send Jordan Zimmermann to the mound against Pirates righty Chad Kuhl.
TV: 7:05 p.m. ET, FS Detroit, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh
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Tigers RH Jordan Zimmermann (1-0, 7.71 ERA) vs. Pirates RH Chad Kuhl (2-1, 4.57)
Zimmermann picked up his first win of the season against Baltimore on Thursday, when he allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings but received 13 runs of support from his offense. The Wisconsin native surrendered at least four runs in each of his three starts – not counting an outing at Cleveland on April 11 when he left in the first inning after getting hit by a comebacker. Zimmermann struck out eight but was charged with four runs over six innings in a no-decision against the Pirates on March 30.
Kuhl posted his first quality start while holding Colorado to one run and four hits in six innings on Wednesday. The Delaware native failed to complete six innings in any of his first three turns and has allowed 28 hits in 21 2/3 total innings overall. Kuhl faced off against Detroit on April 1 and picked up a win while scattering four runs and eight hits over 5 2/3 frames.
1. The Tigers designated RHP Drew VerHagen for assignment on Monday.
2. Pirates RF Gregory Polanco is 4-for-34 over the last nine games.
3. Pittsburgh RHP Kyle Crick has yet to allow a run in five appearances, covering 4 2/3 innings.