The Pirates had no answer for Justin Verlander and Ivan Nova had no answer for Detroit’s bats. The Tigers scored a total of 10 runs and six of them were credited to Nova. Detroit also scored first in the game showing how important the first run is in a ballgame. The home and home series did not start well on the back end in game one as the Pirates three-game winning streak was snapped in Detroit.
The Pirates offense was basically nonexistent. Josh Bell collected two hits and Chris Stewart collected the other of the Pirates three hits. They were shut out in the first game on the road like the Tigers were Monday night. Gregory Polanco and Jordy Mercer also made an error each in the landslide loss. Nova was not good and it seems like, unfortunately, teams are starting to figure him out. He went 6.1 innings giving up 10 hits, six runs, two walks, and striking out five. Wade LeBlanc came in to clean up the mess. Daniel Hudson continued to struggle giving up two hits, two walks, four runs (three earned) and striking out one in only .1 innings before A.J. Schugel came on.
Justin Verlander’s success in the season half of seasons continued Wednesday night. He gave up no runs and only one hit to the Pirates. He also carried a no hitter 5.2 innings into the game. Ian Kinsler shined going 3-4 with four RBI’s and hitting a solo homer in the 2nd. Nick Castellanos was also great going 3-5 with a big bases clearing double in the 7th with the bases loaded to bring his RBI total on the day to five. Miguel Cabrera went 2-3 with a run scored and was hit once. The Detroit bullpen shut the door after Verlander.
The two teams are at it again tomorrow afternoon in Detroit at 1:10 P.M. at Comerica Park. Gerrit Cole will start for the Bucs in a bounce back attempt for the team and will oppose Tigers righty Drew VerHagen.