The Detroit Tigers sent 10 batters to the plate in two separate innings and scored 16 of their 17 runs off the Pittsburgh Pirates’ bullpen in a wild, 17-13 win in 11 innings on Friday night at PNC Park.
The Tigers (6-5) came from behind three times against the Pirates (3-12). They scored four runs in the fifth inning and six runs in the seventh, batting around in both frames.
Tigers starter Matthew Boyd gave up seven runs — including two mammoth home runs — and failed to make it out of fifth. But the Tigers’ bullpen held the Pirates in check until Buck Farmer and Joe Jimenez combined to give up three runs in the eighth and ninth.
The opposite scenario took place for the Bucs, as starter Chad Kuhl struck out seven and retired 12 of the 13 batters he faced before giving way to the bullpen due to a pitch limit.
It was the first game for Detroit since Sunday; their four scheduled games against the St. Louis Cardinals were postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak.
Prior to tonight, the last time Detroit batted around twice in one game was Sept. 4, 2014 against Cleveland (in the 1st and 11th innings). The most recent occurrence in a nine-inning game was Sept. 6, 2013 against Kansas City.
The 17 runs scored by the Tigers are the most since they scored 19 on April 25, 2017 against the Seattle Mariners.
The series continues on Saturday at 4:05 p.m.
The game rewind from Friday is below.
Bottom 11th: Carson Fulmer pitched a 1-2-3 inning to finish it out. After four hours and 35 minutes, this one is finally over. Tigers 17, Pirates 13.
Top 11th: The Tigers score four runs two singles, a walk and a double (in addition to the free baserunner to start the inning). Once again, Jeimer Candelario and Niko Goodrum came up with big hits. Tigers 17, Pirates 13.
Bottom 10th: A single by Erik Gonzalez and then a sacrifice fly were enough to get the Pirates’ designated runner home, but Bryan Garcia kept the go-ahead run from coming home. Gonzalez has four hits and six RBIs tonight. Tigers 13, Pirates 13.
Top 10th: This is the Tigers’ first extra-innings game under new rules that provide for a runner to be placed on second. The Tigers lucked out, as JaCoby Jones was the designated runner by virtue of having made the final out in the previous inning. Dawel Lugo, who pinch-run for Miguel Cabrera in the eighth inning, had a two-out single through the right side of the infield to score Jones and give the Tigers another chance to win it. Tigers 13, Pirates 12.
Bottom 9th: Tigers closer Joe Jimenez struck out the first two Pirates he faced and was one pitch away from his fifth save. Two singles and an Adam Frazier home run later, we have free baseball in Pittsburgh. Tigers 12, Pirates 12.
Top 9th: Richard Rodriguez becomes the first and only flawless Pirates reliever of the night, retiring the Tigers 1-2-3 and getting Austin Romine and JaCoby Jones on strikeouts. Tigers 12, Pirates 9.
Bottom 8th: Tigers reliever Buck Farmer, who had allowed only one hit in five scoreless innings this year, gave up two runs on three hits and a walk, retiring just one batter in the eighth. Jose Cisnero entered to stop the rally. Tigers 12, Pirates 9.
Top 8th: The Tigers had two on and nobody out after back-to-back singles by Miguel Cabrera and C.J. Cron, but Travis Demeritte struck out and Jeimer Candelario grounded into a double play to end the inning. Tigers 12, Pirates 7.
Bottom 7th: Gregory Soto and his 98 mph fastball took care of the Pirates in a 1-2-3 inning. Tigers 12, Pirates 7.
Top 7th: The Tigers brought 10 men to the plate for the second time in three innings, plating six runs on five hits, a walk and a hit batter. Jeimer Candelario and Niko Goodrum came up big with two-run hits. In the midst of it all, Pirates manager Derek Shelton was ejected for arguing the pitch below. Catcher Jacob Stallings was looking for an offspeed pitch and instead got a fastball, so it wasn’t a master class on the art of pitch framing. In any case, the Tigers took advantage and now have a healthy lead. Tigers 12, Pirates 7.
Bottom 6th: A 1-2-3 inning for John Schreiber, who’s been nearly flawless in four appearances this year. Pirates 7, Tigers 6.
Top 6th: The Tigers started to claw back. Victor Reyes singled and scored on JaCoby Jones’ double off Pirates reliever Yacksel Rios. Jones is staying hot. Pirates 7, Tigers 6.
Bottom 5th: Matthew Boyd almost finished the fifth with an unsatisfactory but hardly disastrous performance. He was one pitch away from striking out two separate batters, but couldn’t them away. Phillip Evans then ended his night with a 411-foot homer to left-center. Win or lose, what’s vexing Matthew Boyd will be the biggest question that emerges from this game. Pirates 7, Tigers 5.
Top 5th: The Tigers brought 10 batters to the plate and scored four runs on three hits and four walks. Almost all of the damage came against Pirates reliever Steven Brault, who left without retiring a single batter after giving up a double, single, walk, single, walk and walk. The Tigers could have got more, but Jonathan Schoop and Miguel Cabrera struck out with the bases loaded against Geoff Hartlieb. All in all, the Tigers were clearly happy to be rid of starter Chad Kuhl, who was pitch limited Friday. Tigers 5, Pirates 4.
Bottom 4th: The Pirates got two, two-out hits that were not cheap. A mammoth double by Jacob Stallings to the deepest part of the park in left-center and then a 463-foot bomb by Erik Gonzalez, a guy who doesn’t hit many home runs. Pirates 4, Tigers 1.
Top 4th: Chad Kuhl keeps cruising. He wraps up a 1-2-3 fourth inning by getting C.J. Cron swinging after an eight-pitch at-bat. Kuhl has retired 12 of 13 batters he’s faced today, with Cron’s homer in the second being the only blemish. Pirates 2, Tigers 1.
Bottom 3rd: Just what Matthew Boyd needed. A really quick inning. Aided by a 5-6-3 double play, Boyd gets three outs in just six pitches. Pirates 2, Tigers 1.
Top 3rd: Niko Goodrum struck out for the second time tonight to end a 1-2-3 third. Pirates 2, Tigers 1.
Bottom 2nd: Matthew Boyd walked two more batters in the second and a soft single by Erik Gonzalez brought two runners home. The Tigers ace continues to look out of sorts in his third start of the season. Pirates 2, Tigers 1.
Top 2nd: C.J. Cron’s third home run of the year, a solo shot to lead off the second, came in the midst of a 1-for-21 skid. Tigers 1, Pirates 0.
Bottom 1st: Tigers starter Matthew Boyd surrendered a two-out, four-pitch walk to Josh Bell, but got back on track to retire the Pirates. Tigers 0, Pirates 0.
Top 1st: Chad Kuhl struck the side in his first start since 2018, getting Niko Goodrum, Jonathan Schoop and Miguel Cabrera to go down swinging. Tigers 0, Pirates 0.