Pittsburgh Pirates blank Detroit Tigers as Trevor Williams goes six
As folks were plucking Easter eggs from good quality hiding spots around their homes, the Pittsburgh Pirates were hunting for their second victory of the 2018 campaign. It didn’t require many runs, however.
Right fielder Gregory Polanco smacked a double to shallow right and drove in Adam Frazier for the Bucs’ first and only run of the game. Pirates starting pitcher Trevor Williams allowed no hits in six innings of work as he walked five and struck out only one batter.
Former Astro Michael Feliz relieved Williams and recorded his first hold of the season by going one inning and striking out one. George Kontos shut Detroit down with a scoreless frame of his own and Felipe Rivero locked the door with his first save of 2018. Rivero struck out the side to seal the deal.
Detroit received eight strong innings from Michael Fulmer as he surrendered only four hits, one run, and two walks. Former Yankee Shane Greene allowed two hits and a walk in a drama-filled ninth but got out of it unscathed.
The Detroit lineup collected only two hits on the day as Miguel Cabrera went 0-4. He’s now batting .200 to begin the season. Second baseman Dixon Machado went 1-3 and right fielder Nick Castellanos was 1-2 with two bases on balls. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh first baseman Josh Bell went 2-4 with a single and a double; Bell is hitting .500 to open the new year.
Both clubs made three double plays on defense and each had one base runner get caught stealing.
The Bucs are one of eight MLB teams to start the 2018 season 2-0. The New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, New York Mets, Washington Nationals, Arizona D-backs, San Francisco Giants and Milwaukee Brewers are the other clubs to do so.
This game was apart of a day-night doubleheader. The Pirates and Tigers will meet again this month. A three-game set will take place in Pittsburgh from April 24-26 at PNC Park.