The Pittsburgh Pirates ran out Brad Lincolnvs the Tigers today to give him a chance to be the starter Clint Hurdle and the team wants him to be.
And he essentially gave them a reason for another shot.
Lincoln was rather stellar vs an anemic Detroit Tigers offense, giving up just 1 run on 2 hits, with his only mistake being a solo HR for Miguel Cabrera, as he beats the Tigers 4-1 this afternoon. Max Scherzer, pitching after being away from the club for “personal reasons”, gave up only 3 hits himself, walking 1, striking out 7… but an Andrew McCutchen delivered what would be Scherzer’s biggest mistake of the day, a 3-run HR in the fourth inning. Lincoln struck out 7 himself.
Joel Hanrahan struck out Alex Avila, the potential tying run, stranding Prince Fielder‘s 2-out single and Delmon Young’s walk (yes, I said Delmon Young’s walk). It’s Hanrahan’s 2nd save of the series, 19th of the season.
Cabrera did finally break out of a funk, ending an 0 for 15 slump with a HR to right center field. The rest of the offense, not so good. Ramon Santiago led off the 6th inning with a single, significant because it was the team’s first hit of the ball game.
The Tigers send Justin Verlander to the mound tomorrow in the hopes of salvaging the series. It will also ceremoniously end the 2012 Interleague schedule.