Well, that wasn’t so bad, was it? Oh, you were holding your breath the entire top of the ninth too? Nevermind then.
Starting pitcher Buck Farmer was solid in MLB debut, going 5 innings while allowing 4 runs. Yeah, his ERA sits at 7.20 right now, but the defense – not Farmer – should be charged with several of those runs. He obviously has some work to do in regards to his command, leaving pitches up in the zone a bit too often.Now that he is on the 40 man, he might be auditioning for a spot in the Tigers playoff (if they make it) bullpen.
The offense looked rather putrid the first four innings but woke up in the 5th, thanks to an Alex Avila home run which was one of three runs the Tigers put up in the 5th. In the 6th, Nick Castellanos hit a ball deep to left center for his 9th home run of the year to give the Tigers a 5-4 lead. Pirates RFer Gregory Polanco dropped a long fly ball off the bat of Ezequiel Carrera (which, to be fair, would have been a home run in a lot of other parks) and Carrera ended up a 3B with a triple. Carrera and Ian Kinsler would later score thanks to a Victor Martinez single to right.
Joe Nathan had to be Joe Nathan though. Even with a 4 run lead, he made things “exciting” by walking the first two batters and then giving up a hard hit ball to Jayson Nix which was thankfully caught. Nick Castellanos snared a bullet down the line at third, stepping on the bag and firing to first to put the game away and secure the victory for the Tigers.
Max Scherzer goes for the Tigers tomorrow as they try to win two straight and keep the pressure on Kansas City.