Tigers 2, Pirates 0
The first night game of the season was a treat if you’re a fan of efficient pitching and tight defense. Shane Greene (2 GS, 16 IP, 0.00 ERA, 2.17 FIP) dueled AJ Burnett and was never in trouble, finishing with 8 innings of 3 hit, 0 walk baseball and tons of easy ground outs. He only needed 81 pitches to carve up the Pirates through 8 before being lifted for a pinch hitter. The Tigers got the go-ahead run in the 7th, courtesy of a pair of walks from Avila and Iglesias and then a single from Rajai Davis. They put a little pressure on in the 9th and pushed across another thanks to Iglesias, Davis, and Kinsler. It ultimately came down to Soria protecting a one run lead. He was able to record the final three outs, protecting Greene’s gem and a Tigers victory. They’ll go for their third series win behind Alfredo Simon (1 GS, 5.1 IP, 5.06 ERA, 2.98 FIP) on Wednesday night.
The Moment: Jose Iglesias covers all sorts of ground.
How many more starts like the one last night before we get ‘Shane Greene Night in America’?
By the way, Iglesias’ defense, and Avila’s Eye, are phenomenal.
Man. Could be soon.