Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Detroit1 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 5120
Pittsburgh0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 160
  W: D. Hutchison (1-1)   L: M. Keller (4-11)
3:35 PM PT4:35 PM MT5:35 PM CT6:35 PM ET18:35 ET22:35 GMT6:35 3:35 PM MST5:35 PM EST6:05 PM VEN2:35 UAE (+1)4:35 PM CT, September 8, 2021
PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  Attendance: 8,382

Pirates seek elusive sweep in finale vs. Tigers

According to STATS
According to STATS

Detroit Tigers at Pittsburgh Pirates

  1. The Pirates took two of three meetings this season at Comerica Park on April 21 and 22. Both teams scored exactly nine runs against each other and both teams batted .333 with runners in scoring position.
  2. The Tigers took two of three against the Reds in Cincinnati. In the first game of that series, Detroit scored 15 runs. That is the Tigers' second-highest total in a game this season. Last season, their highest run total was 17 and it was against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.
  3. The Pirates have lost six straight, all on the road, after winning six of their previous 10 games. Three losses of the current losing streak were decided by one run. The Bucs are 15-19 in one-run games this season. Last season, they went 8-15 in one-run games.
  4. Jeimer Candelario is hitting .474 (9/19) with two home runs, seven RBI and seven runs scored in his last five games. He is 0-for-10 with five strikeouts against the Pirates this season compared to .429 (6/14) against Pittsburgh last season.
  5. Bryan Reynolds tied his career high with four hits yesterday at the Cubs (three other four-hit games). One of his hits was a grand slam, the first of his career (45 career home runs). Reynolds has had four RBI in five career games and three of the five have come this season.
  6. Tarik Skubal has a 4.96 ERA in 10 road games this season compared to a 3.86 ERA at home. Bryse Wilson is 0-4 in his last seven starts. His last win was on May 22 against Pittsburgh -- Wilson was with Atlanta then -- when he allowed one run in a season-high 6.2 innings.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/6/2021 thru 9/8/2021

The Pittsburgh Pirates have won the first two contests of a three-game series against the visiting Detroit Tigers, putting the hosts on the precipice of their first series sweep of the season.

The Pirates, who host the Tigers on Wednesday night, have failed to close the deal on all 11 of their opportunities to record a sweep heading into a series finale.

The Pirates have had some success winning series at home. Their 3-2 win Tuesday clinched this series, making them 8-5-2 in their past 15 series at PNC Park.

The next step would be a sweep.

The Tigers have been swept eight times.

Pittsburgh (50-89) is 4-1 against Detroit (65-75) this season.

"We're going to play hard. Win, lose or draw, we're going to be out there regardless of what happened the day before and we're going to play hard," said Pittsburgh outfielder Ben Gamel, whose two-run single in the sixth inning was the difference Tuesday.

"I'm just going to go out there and try and make plays for my team. That's about it."

In the series finale, Detroit right-hander Matt Manning (3-6, 6.29 ERA) is scheduled to oppose Pittsburgh right-hander Mitch Keller (4-10, 6.23).

Manning is coming off a rough outing after two straight no-decisions. The rookie gave up eight runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings in an 8-6 loss against Oakland last Thursday.

"No one likes to get beat up like that," the 23-year-old said. "We're trying to expect zeros and keep our team in the game. It's frustrating.

"I didn't put away hitters when I had two strikeouts and didn't finish innings when I had two outs. I think I did a good job getting there, but maybe I put a little too much pressure on finishing those out and trying to get strikeouts."

Bouncing back from that will be one of his bigger challenges early in his major league career.

"It is part of the growth and the learning curve," Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said. "When you set the bar pretty high, don't execute and things don't go your way, it's a lonely area out there on the mound. ... As you mature as a pitcher, those will be less distracting, and he'll be able to still hold himself to a high bar but not overreact to something that he misfires."

Manning has yet to face the Pirates in his career.

Keller is coming off perhaps his best outing of the season. He did not get a decision Thursday against the Cubs in Chicago after pitching six shutout innings and striking out eight.

"Mitch was outstanding. He commanded the fastball," Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said.

Keller reached career highs in innings and strikeouts, reached 96 mph on his fastball, and things were going so well that he didn't want to come out of the game at 89 pitches.

"I threw fastballs and sliders. I threw a couple of curveballs later in the game," Keller said. "I was feeling good, but when they take me out, they take me out."

Keller has recorded a pair of no-decisions and a 3.60 ERA in two career starts against the Tigers, including April 22 when he gave up two runs in five innings in Detroit.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 8, 2021