The Detroit Tigers got back into the win column on Tuesday, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 thanks to eight shutout innings from starter Shane Greene. The Tigers offense finally broke through against Pirates starter A.J. Burnett in the seventh inning, who also pitched well. Every Tigers starter reached base, and all but Alex Avila had at least one hit.
Shane Greene is close to having starts like this named after him. The 26-year-old righthander threw eight shutout innings, allowing just three hits and no walks. He continued to pound the strike zone, inducing plenty of ground ball outs while also striking out three. Greene threw just 81 pitches and probably would have pitched the ninth inning had the offense not threatened in the top of the inning.
Jose Iglesias was one of the key players on both sides of the ball tonight. He collected two hits and a walk in four plate appearances, and scored the Tigers' insurance run in the ninth inning. Iglesias also made a couple of nice plays on defense, including a spectacular ranging catch-and-throw while moving to his right in the sixth inning. Iglesias also stole a base, his third of the year, in the third inning.
Ian Kinsler was also a two-way threat. He only had one hit in five at-bats, but his RBI single in the ninth inning provided a huge insurance run for the Tigers (that they ultimately didn't need). Kinsler also made a spectacular diving catch in the bottom of the eighth inning, laying full out on a play to his left.
Rajai Davis had a solid game for the Tigers, with two hits and a walk in five plate appearances. He was picked off of first base after his first hit early in the game, but redeemed himself with an RBI single in the seventh inning that broke a scoreless tie. Davis also worked a two-out walk in the ninth inning that extended the inning for Kinsler's RBI single. On defense, Davis made a nice play ranging back to the warning track for a long fly out by Neil Walker in the seventh inning.
J.D. Martinez was nearly a hero after hitting a two-run home run in the top of the ninth inning in yesterday's 5-4 loss, but he will have to settle for Player of the Game honors instead. Martinez's third home run of the year helped earn him 67 percent of the vote.