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Pirates lose 13-10 slugfest in game 1 of DH

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The Pirates’ offense finally woke up behind a career game from Francisco Cervelli, but the Tigers’ 20 hits were too much to overcome in the first game of Wednesday’s twin-bill, with Detroit winning 13-10.

Leonys Martin got the Tigers’ offense started immediatley, smashing a payoff pitch over the fence in center during the first at-bat of the game. The Tigers added a second run in the second on a Jacoby Jones double, but Colin Moran tied the game in the second with a two out home run.

Detroit brought home a run in the top of the third on an RBI infield single off the bat of Nicholas Castellanos to make it 3-2 Detroit. Josh Bell tied it in the home half of the inning with an RBI fielder’s choice, but the Pirates were gifted an out when, upon review, Tigers second baseman Niko Goodrum did not touch the base.

Francisco Cervelli made the Tigers pay that inning, ripping a two out, three run homer to make it 6-3 Pirates.

The Tigers pounced for three more runs against Taillon in the fourth before he was pulled with two outs in the inning. Relief pitcher Kyle Crick allowed Taillon’s one inherited runner and a run of his own on a two run home run by Castellanos, making it 8-6 Detroit.

Taillon finished the day with seven earned runs on his ledger as he fell to 2-2. On the year. He did not walk a batter and struck out three, but he allowed 10 hits.

“The mistakes I made were just kind of punished,” Taillon said. “This level, you can’t mistakes.”

The Pirates got a run in the run in the fifth on an RBI knock from Cervelli, but Adam Frazier left the bases loaded to end the inning. Jeimer Candelario homered to open the sixth to take the run right back, and the Tigers added four runs against Enny Romero in the eighth and ninth innings, though three of them were unearned.

The Pirates rallied for three runs in the eighth, with two more coming from Cervelli on a double. His career best six RBI game went in vain, as Shane Greene retired the Bucs in order to pick up his fourth save.

Tigers’ starter Jordan Zimmerman was pulled after three innings. Relief pitcher Daniel Stumpf was credited with his first career win after pitching 1.1 scoreless frames in the fifth and sixth inning.

Injury news:

RHP Joe Musgrove threw a two inning simulated game in the bullpen before the first game of the double-header Wednesday. Director of Sports Medicine Todd Tomczyk said the results were positive and the next steps of his rehab will be mapped out Thursday… RHP A.J. Schugel made his third rehab assignment in AAA Indianapolis Sunday and will make a fourth in the coming days… RHP Bo Schultz is nearing the end of a “Florida build up” and will have a new plan laid out by the club soon.

NUMB3RS

6: Taillon allowed six batted balls with an exit velocity of over 100 MPH (as measured by Statcast). He had allowed just eight balls hit that hard through his first four starts.

4.02: The increase in Taillon’s season ERA over his last two starts (from 0.89 after three starts to 4.91).

466: The distance on Francisco Cervelli’s third inning home run. That is the longest of his Pirates career. Statcast tracked it at a 106.3 MPH exit velocity and a 34 degree launch angle.

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