What a game to pick to see on the road. After getting stuck in bumper to bumper traffic through a construction zone outside of Detroit, I arrived at Comerica Park just in time to see Justin Upton blister a Juan Nicasio offering into the camera well way beyond the center field wall. This game continued heading downhill for Nicasio and the Bucs.
Nicasio never had it today. He labored to even get through three innings, running his pitch count high quickly with five walks and six hits. When Nicasio would get ahead 0-2, he tried to get the batter to chase and the Tigers weren’t chasing today. He lost a couple batters to walks after being up 0-2 and ran his pitch count up. Despite the five walks and six hits, he only gave up four runs, but he was out after 3.0 innings due to his 94 pitches.
Down 4-0, Starling Marte got the Pirates back in it with a two-run homer in the 6th inning to make it 4-2. But that comeback was short-lived. Kyle Lobstein gave up three runs in the bottom of the 6th inning on back-to-back doubles by Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez. The Tigers continued to pour it on in the next inning when Ian Kinsler took Cory Luebke deep to make it 8-2.
It was ugly, but anytime your starter only goes three innings, you’re going to have some problems. Hurdle was limited with his long relief options in the pen as we found out following the game that Ryan Vogelsong will jump into the rotation to start against the Tigers due to Liriano being scratched due to right hamstring discomfort. The news is discouraging, but Liriano is considered day-to-day so let’s not panic just yet. Either way, the Pirates need Vogelsong to have a decent outing tomorrow night.