MLB Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Detroit|
(Tuesday, May 28th)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 1, Detroit 0 (11 innings)
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Neil Walker's homer in the 11th inning lifted
the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 1-0 win over the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
After Starling Marte opened the inning with a ground out, Walker jumped on a
first-pitch slider from Jose Ortega (0-2) and clobbered it over the fence in
"Sometimes you get into these games and you're wondering what kind of run is
going to win it, and sometimes that's the one that wins is somebody who
happened to hit the ball over the fence," Walker said.
Jason Grilli struck out the side in the home half to pick up his 21st save of
Pittsburgh starter Jeanmar Gomez and Detroit hurler Rick Porcello dueled
throughout the contest. Gomez scattered three hits over seven scoreless
innings, while Porcello surrendered three hits and struck out a career-high 11
batters over eight frames.
Mark Melancon (1-0) stranded a pair of runners in the 10th to earn the win.
Both sides wasted opportunities to score late in the game before Walker's go-
In the eighth inning, Omar Infante reached on shortstop Clint Barmes' throwing
error, and quickly moved to second. Pirates reliever Justin Wilson was able
to get Brayan Pena to ground out before fanning Andy Dirks to end the frame.
Walker singled in the ninth and quickly stole second, but Garrett Jones flew
out to center to end the threat.
Prince Fielder ripped a two-out base hit in the home half and Victor Martinez
drove one to deep left field, but the ball died on the warning track and the
game headed to extras.
Russell Martin laced a leadoff single in the 10th before moving to second on
Josh Harrison's sacrifice bunt. After Gaby Sanchez was caught looking, Ortega
intentionally walked Travis Snider to put two on with two outs before inducing
Jordy Mercer's inning-ending fly out.
Detroit put a pair on in the bottom half with one out, but Melancon was able
to work out of the jam.
"We didn't do much (offensively) all night. Both starting pitchers were
terrific," said Tigers manager Jim Leyland.
The game's start was delayed 1 hour and 13 minutes due to rain ... Walker has
three homers this season ... Grilli leads the majors with 21 saves ... When
Pittsburgh's starter goes at least six innings, the Pirates are 18-8 ...
Detroit's Jhonny Peralta extended his hitting streak to nine games ... The
Tigers stranded seven runners on base ... Porcello hadn't gone eight innings
since July 21, 2012.
05/29 02:41:54 ET