DETROIT – The Detroit Tigers’ bats finally heated up in game three of the four game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. A game in which Buck Farmer, a rookie who was throwing in Class A ball a few weeks ago, made his MLB debut.
Leading the offensive charge, Nick Castellanos and Victor Martinez both had strong games at the dish. Castellanos started his night with a line drive triple that bounced past a diving Starling Marte in center field to score V-Mart all the way from first. He later tacked on a home run to left-center to give Detroit the lead in the sixth inning. He added some defensive craftsmanship with a diving stop at third to throw out Gregory Polanco from his knees in the fourth inning.
Martinez drove in three runs off of three hits to continue his strong offensive year. He scored Ezequiel Carrera on a single to center field in the fifth inning to tie the game at four runs apiece. He then notched a bases-loaded single to score two more in the seventh, which was followed up by a Torii Hunter RBI to stretch the lead to four.
Alex Avila bombed a homer in his second consecutive game in the fifth inning. He sat on a low-and-in pitch from Pittsburgh starter Vance Worley and drove it 10-rows deep over the right field wall, marking Avila’s 10th dinger of the season.
As for starting pitcher Buck Farmer, he was given a No Decision after going five innings, allowing four earned runs off six hits and striking out four. He was backed up by a bullpen who gave up no runs in the last four innings, a rare sighting to Tigers fans. Blaine Hardy, who threw two innings, was given the win and improves his record to 2-1 out of the pen. Joba Chamberlain and Joe Nathan finished out the 8th and 9th innings, respectively.
After the game, Victor Martinez addressed the state of the team, and spoke about the fans reaction to the Tigers ugly road trip in which they dropped seven-of-nine games before coming back to Comerica Park, heard on 97.1 The Ticket:
“We’re trying. It’s too long of a season. At some point you’re going to struggle, every team struggles. As a fan, if you’re just going to be with us when we’re doing good, we really need the fans when we struggle, too. It bothers me. It bothers me because people think that we’re playing Little League teams out there…”
You can see all of his commentary, here: http://bit.ly/1uuT9iS
Max Scherzer mans the mound to cap off the four game set against the Bucs tomorrow at 1:08pm. You can catch all of the action on Fox Sports Detroit.