The Detroit Tigers took on the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for Game 2 of the three game series between the two squads. The Pirates fended off the Tigers in Game 1, 5-4. However, Detroit used dominant pitching in Game 2 to defeat Pittsburgh, 2-0.
The Tigers handed the ball to Shane Greene, 26, making his second start in a Detroit uniform. Greene was dominant through eight innings pitched, giving up just three hits. The righty from Daytona Beach Community College got his second win and still has a 0.00 ERA.
He threw 81 pitches and did not continue into the ninth inning because the Tigers used pinch-hitter Victor Martinez in the place of Greene. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus made that choice because Detroit had a runner in scoring position and it was the top of the ninth inning. Sadly enough, Martinez stuck out.
In the bottom of the ninth, the Tigers called Joakim Soria from the pen. He threw just 10 pitches and recorded three outs to finish the game. He earned the save, which is his third on the season.
The Tigers got on the board when Rajai Davis singled to center to score a surging Alex Avila. That run took place in the seventh inning. Then, in the ninth inning, Ian Kinsler singled to right field to score Jose Iglesias.
The Pirates gave the ball to A.J. Burnett, who did very well until his final inning of work. All in all he threw 111 pitches over 6.2 innings. The veteran gave up one earned run on seven hits and two walks, but he had an impressive eight strikeouts.
Arquimedes Caminero relieved Burnett of his duties and gave up one earned run on one hit and one walk, while striking out one batter. Burnett now has a 2.25 ERA and Caminero has a 1.93 ERA.
The Tigers (7-1) will send right-hander Alfredo Simon (1-0) to the mound to face left-hander Francisco Liriano (0-0) of the Pirates (3-5) in the final game of the three-game series.
Simon won his Tigers debut after being traded away from the Cincinnati Reds in December. He went 5.1 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits in the debut. He is 3-4 against the Pirates on his career.
Liriano is 5-8 against the Tigers and skipped his last start because of being on the paternity list.