Corey Dickerson broke a shutout stalemate, hitting a walk-off home run to left field against reliever Alex Wilson to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 1-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers Thursday at PNC Park. Leonys Martin hit his second homer of the day, a two run shot in the fifth inning. They dropped the opener 13-10, but manager Clint Hurdle predicted his club produced enough offense in the loss to get a boost for the second game. With a 26th man added to the roster for the doubleheader, Schmakel has to make sure the new player, in this case relief pitcher Artie Lewicki, gets the right apparel. On Wednesday, Castellanos put up a homer and four RBI among four hits in game one.
The Pirates won the second game 8-3.
The Tigers got a run in the fourth to close it to 3-1 when Jeimer Candelario led off with a triple and scored on Nicholas Castellanos' single.
Pittsburgh starter Chad Kuhl (3-1) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings, with eight strikeouts and one walk. The Pirates (12-10) swept Detroit to open this season back in March and used that to cruise out to an 11-4 start.
Jameson Taillon struggled for the second-consecutive game, allowing seven runs on 10 hits over 3-2/3rds innings in game one. Warwick Saupold allowed 4 hits and 1 earned run in 1.2 innings.
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Daniel Stumpf (1-0) retired all four batters he faced for his first major league win. "It was a good win to come back and get the split". Starling Marte had an RBI double in the sixth inning to give the Pirates a 5-3 lead and Osuna scored in the seventh inning after a throwing error. The Pirates added another run in the seventh and two in the eight to pull away. Shane Greene pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his fourth save in six opportunities. "Just let me gather myself.' And that's what he did", Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. The first pitch is scheduled for 12:35 p.m. ET and this interleague matchup will be shown on either ATPT or FSDT. He needed about five minutes to regroup before hitting a drive to straightaway center.
The pitching in the two games of the doubleheader weren't very impressive, but things look like they could pick up today. "I know if I hit a ball right off the end of the bat, that first at-bat, I knew I didn't want to do it again". 'Don't take me out. All nine of their wins have come from teams - Royals, White Sox, and Orioles - that are collectively 30 games under.500 to start the season.
Brault has a respectable 3.38 ERA lifetime in two appearances (one start) against St. Louis.
The Pirates will turn to righty Ivan Nova (2-1, 4.20 ERA), who's got 25 strikeouts and four walks as well as a WHIP of 1.10.