Game 61: Tigers Dingers Doom Anemic Bucs

It keeps happening. The Pirates don’t score many runs and the opponents hit the ball over the fence. The result is normally the same.

I think Buc fans everywhere knew it would be a long season. It’s not looking good for the club at all right now. No offense and the pitching hasn’t quite been good enough.

The Tigers touched Ross Ohlendorf for six runs in six innings. Rookie Brennan Boesch touched off Detroit’s three run third with a solo homer. Ramon Santiago capped a three run sixth with a two run jack. Ohlendorf gave up 10 hits and walked none while whiffing six.

The Pirates couldn’t take advantage of some walks from Justin Verlander. The Detroit starter gave up four walks and four hits in seven plus innings. The Pirates could only manage two runs off of him. Verlander was pulled with runners on first and second with no one out in the 8th. Phil Coke got Ryan Doumit to bounce into a double play. Garrett Jones followed with an RBI single that scored Andrew McCutchen, but that was it.

The Good
McCutchen hit two doubles. Jones also had two hits.

Dana Eveland pitched two scoreless innings in mop up duty.

The Bad
Bucs have lost six straight. The team is 4-13 since beating Atlanta on 5/23.

The Rest
Verlander had never faced Pittsburgh before. Ohlendorf was 1-0 in two appearances.

Tiger catcher set a career mark with three hits.

Boesch hit his third homer in four games and 8th of the year, including four in June. The Pirates as a team have one homer in the last five games.

Bucs were 28-33 through 61 games last year. This year they are 23-38.

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