This series was probably the best of the season for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Friday night the offense exploded for 13 runs, bu suffered a loss due to the bullpen meltdown. Saturday afternoon, another good offensive effort was waited as the team scored 5 runs.
Sunday, however, the offense struggled. The Pittsburgh Pirates mustered just 1 run in their 2-1 loss against the Tigers.
What was best to see in this series was struggling Pirate bats trending in the right direction. Josh Bell had three hits and drew a pair of walks over the weekend. Bryan Reynolds had a three hit game with a double on Friday night and drew a walk on Saturday. Kevin Newman was 6-for-15 with two doubles.
The Erik Gonzalez breakout continued as well. E-Gon hit his first home run of the series on Friday night, and finished the series 6-for-13 with that home run and a double.
In the three game set against the Tigers the Pittsburgh Pirates scored 19 runs. That is very good for any team over a three game stretch. The problem is, in the final game of those three they only scored 1 run. That is what keeps the offense from getting an A.