MLB Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Detroit|
(Sunday, May 20th)
Final Score: Detroit 4, Pittsburgh 3
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Alex Avila slapped a go-ahead two-run single in
the seventh inning while Max Scherzer had a career-high 15 strikeouts Sunday
as the Tigers defeated the Pirates, 4-3, in the finale of a three-game set at
Scherzer (3-3) surrendered just four hits, two of which were solo homers, and
walked only one batter over seven innings. Joaquin Benoit worked the ninth and
earned his first save of the season.
"Whenever you can do something to really help the team to win, it's a
gratifying feeling for anybody in this clubhouse," remarked Scherzer. "For me
to go out there and have a game like today that helped get the series win, it
puts a smile on my face."
Jhonny Peralta belted a solo homer and scored twice while Delmon Young added
an RBI and a run scored as the Tigers took two games in the series.
Kevin Correia (1-5) allowed three runs on four hits in six-plus innings to
take the loss. Rod Barajas and Neil Walker both crushed solo shots for the
Pirates, who have lost four of their last six games.
"He was tough today," said Barajas about Scherzer. "Sometimes guys are going
to go out there with their best stuff. A guy like Scherzer, if he has his best
stuff on any given day, he's going to dominate."
Trailing 2-1 in the seventh, Detroit tied the game when Prince Fielder doubled
and quickly scored on a single from Young to chase Correia from the contest.
Tony Watson entered to face Brennan Boesch, who bunted to move Young into
scoring position, before Peralta coaxed a walk.
A passed ball moved both runners up before Avila snuck a single past a diving
Clint Barmes at shortstop. The ball trickled into center field, allowing Young
and Peralta to score to give Detroit a 4-2 lead.
Pittsburgh pulled within one in the ninth as Josh Harrison doubled, moved to
third on a wild pitch and crossed home on a sac fly from Barajas, but Benoit
caught Nate McClouth staring at strike three to end the comeback bid.
Earlier in the fifth, Scherzer struck out Harrison for his fifth consecutive
strikeout, but Barajas quickly halted his streak as he crushed the first pitch
he saw into the seats in left to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead.
Detroit responded in the bottom half with a solo blast from Peralta, but the
Pirates quickly regained a one-run edge in the sixth as Walker launched his
second homer of the year into the right-field seats.
Mickey Lolich holds the Tigers' franchise mark for most strikeouts in a game
with 16, which he did twice in 1969...The Tigers have fanned eight or more
batters in each of their last 11 games, the longest such streak by the club
since at least 1918.
05/20 17:57:03 ET