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.