Pirates Smack Verlander Around in 7-4 Win

After leaving 14 baserunners on yesterday in Cincinnati, the Pirates opened the flood gates early on Tigers starter Justin Verlander, peppering him for 10 hits and seven earned runs through 4.1 innings.

The Pirates scored at least one run in each of the first five innings and cruised from that point on to move to 5-2 on the early season.

I feel like everyone in the Bucs lineup had a run, RBI and a double and that wouldn’t be that far off. They spread it around today with six doubles and six different players recording RBIs. Jaso went 2-for-4 with a double, Polanco had a big game with three hits and two doubles to raise his average to .381. Cervelli recorded three hits and Marte and Joyce each had two hits and a double as the team banged out 17 hits on the afternoon.

How do you score a bunch of runs with no long balls? The Pirates answered that today with 17 hits all over the yard.

Jon Niese made his second start and pitched well through 5.0 innings, but wore down in the 6th inning and thanks to no defense gave up two more runs (one earned). He finished with 6.0 innings, five hits, four runs (three earned) and five strikeouts. Not a bad performance on the road against a murderous lineup the Tigers run out there.

After Niese, Feliz, Watson and Melancon all dominated again for the Bucs to record the victory and Melancon’s third save. Feliz and Watson have not allowed a run yet this season and looks to be setting into the 7th/8th inning role nicely.

Tomorrow, the Bucs and Tigers do battle again at 1:10PM. I’ll be at Comerica in person so look for my tweets from the ballpark.

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