Michael Lorenzen, Tigers clean Pirates’ anemic offense

May 16, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA;  Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Michael Lorenzen (21) during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park.

Might 16, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Tigers beginning pitcher Michael Lorenzen (21) throughout the first inning towards the Pittsburgh Pirates at Comerica Park.
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Michael Lorenzen pitched six robust innings and the host Detroit Tigers defeated the slumping Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 on Tuesday night time

Lorenzen (2-2) struck out a season-high seven batters whereas permitting 5 hits and two walks. Will Vest pitched two scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Jose Cisnero obtained the final three outs to complete off the shutout.

Riley Greene had three hits and scored a run, whereas Spencer Torkelson equipped two doubles, a run and an RBI for Detroit.

Pirates starter Luis Ortiz (0-2) allowed 4 runs (three earned) and 7 hits in three-plus innings. He additionally walked 4 batters and threw a wild pitch. Pittsburgh has misplaced 12 of its final 14 video games whereas scoring simply 22 runs throughout that stretch

The Tigers scored twice within the first inning and Ortiz was fortunate it wasn’t extra

Greene began it off with a one-out double and scored on Javier Baez’s opposite-field single. Torkelson then drilled a slider into the left-center discipline hole for a double, driving in Baez.

Ortiz walked the following two batters however recovered to strike out Miguel Cabrera. Andy Ibanez then hit an extended fly ball that Jack Suwinski caught on the warning observe.

A diving catch by Pirates left fielder Bryan Reynolds prevented the Tigers from scoring within the second. Greene had a two-out single earlier than Reynolds robbed Baez of an extra-base hit

Ortiz wasn’t as lucky within the third. Torkelson led off with one other double and superior to 3rd on Akil Baddoo’s one-out infield hit. An errant pickoff try allowed Torkelson to attain and Baddoo to race to 3rd. After strolling Cabrera, Ortiz threw a wild pitch and Baddoo got here residence to make it 4-0.

Carlos Santana led off the highest of the fourth with a double however by no means superior. Lorenzen sat down the following three batters with a strikeout and two fly balls.

The Pirates had a pair of two-out singles within the fifth however Lorenzen escaped bother as Reynolds flied out

–Area Degree Media