The Pittsburgh Pirates (22-20) finish up a quick two-game series with the Detroit Tigers (19-21) on Wednesday afternoon at Comerica Park. First pitch is at 1:10 PM.
Rich Hill (3-3, 4.35) will be on the mound for his ninth start of the season. The veteran lefty will be going up against another veteran lefty in Eduardo Rodriguez (4-2, 1.57), who is making his ninth start of the season.
Today is a busy early day on the minor league schedule.
Greensboro has an 11:05 AM start time.
Bradenton will have first pitch at noon, with Owen Kellington set to make the start.
Indianapolis has a 1:35 PM start time, with Osvaldo Bido set to make the start.
Here’s a look at the news for the day. If anything else pops up before/during the game, we will add it to the list.
**The Pirates lost the opener of the series, with Luis Ortiz getting roughed up and the offense remaining quiet. At least the bullpen did well…
**It was a good day for homers in the minors, plus there was some noteworthy pitching from prospects.
**Today’s Pirates Prospects Daily takes a closer look at Quinn Priester, who was one of those noteworthy pitchers.
**For the history fans, today’s This Date in Pittsburgh Pirates History has 11 updated bios for players born on May 17th. Also two trades of note.
**Today’s Card of the Day article is a tribute for Pirates pitcher Dennis Ribant, who passed away recently.
Solid game from the ump last night, maybe 1-2 more misses than you hope, but no crazy misses. The most impactful one didn’t really have any impact on the game
Umpire: Paul Emmel
Final: Pirates 0, Tigers 4#LetsGoBucs // #RepDetroit#PITvsDET // #DETvsPIT
More stats for this game 👇https://t.co/iOZyvIj2MQ
*Excluding 2 pitches that were missing location data. pic.twitter.com/YYTiF3r81w
— Umpire Scorecards (@UmpScorecards) May 17, 2023
Game 2 vs the Tigers.
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— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) May 17, 2023
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Turns out the Pirates can win a game started by someone else than Keller…
…as long as it’s a shutout one hitter.
I’m being sarcastic but I really hope the bats are somewhat awake now!!! Long overdue.
Starter, game winning HR and excellent defensive play to end the game, then out of the starting lineup for 6 straight games (team goes 1-5), then back in starting lineup, go 2 – 4 with another HR, 2 RBI, team wins.
Rodolfo Castro is a Gamer!
I love him.
I like the 3 hit game from Reynolds.
Can we please stop batting Hayes in the leadoff spot? Even in a good and relieving win like this, his 0-5 stands out.
Could Reynolds be our best option at lead-off?
Never seen a game so close to a no-hitter where the first hitter of the game got a hit.
Leadoff single by the Tigers & that was it? 3 walks too, but pretty impressive. Glad they bounced back for the win
One pitch away from an immaculate inning to end it!
4 pitches to Baddoo
Go finish out this game young man! Hernandez, holderman, bednar, moreta, etc make up a really nice core of an exciting and controllable young pen
Was just telling some one I ran into from McKeesport in rural SC that the ole Bucco hat may make its rounds when I go to town later. Going to try and dig out my Clemente jersey T shirt.
Pirates have had quite a few rule 5 players in the past, but I cannot recall one as impressive as Hernandez.
Scott Sauerbeck is the last one I can remember.
Ok I like baseball again
Last two days exemplified why we have a love/hate relationship with baseball.
Pirates are back. Re-booking my Buctober tickets.
Everyone with a hit except Hayes, whose batting line resembles that of Kevin Newman.
Hedges with another RBI……Armageddon time!!!!
Wheels fell off about two miles back for the Tigers. 3rd gaffe of the inning.
everyone with a hit, except Hayes
6-0 Who are these guys?
Maybe the guys that went 20-8 came back from Vacation…..7-0 now 🙂
Does Bae always swing at pitches above his head? Sheesh
Thank you Mr. Schoop!!!! 2 rum courtesy of the fumble !!
I want the two rum Schoop special every time we play them. Always liked some Captain Morgans.
Baez throws to 2nd and FUMBLE!!!!!!!
What’d I miss? Early game today, huh
Hill with 6 innings of shutout pitching and 85 pitches. Sit him down he has done his job.
Shut out by the pitcher with an ERA near 5, and score 4 in 5 innings against the pitcher with an ERA near 1. Baseball is a funny (and frustrating) game.
Johnson with a double and a walk so far today.
Rodriguez made the necessary adjustments to face Hedges this go round.
Eduardo Rodriguez’s previous 5 starts have an incredible stat line 36 innings 15 hits 5 walks 1 run for an ERA of 0.25. But then again, maybe he never had to face an Austin Hedges type hitter during that stretch.
Wonder if the Tigers were “talking it up” like in little league when Hedges came up to bat. “He’s a looker” or “move up outfield”. And by “looker” I don’t mean a heart throb.
Different ways to regress to the mean.
I really hope sometime down the road Casto gives RH hitting a try against RHP. He’s a totally different hitter in approach to quality contact compared to his LH swing. Difficult though
I like an offseason for him in the dominican winter league only hitting RH and see how that goes
Won’t happen during an MLB regular season.
Yep, I was trying to imply with down the road as winter ball or off-season. I wasn’t very clear.
Obviously something is wrong with my television. Hill striking out 5 in the first two innings, and Hedges getting a key two out, two rbi hit are things that just cant happen.
Try moving the bunny ears.
Hill the strikeout machine and Hedges has a 2 run double……
Santana is probably the best player in the MLB at throwing tosses to pitchers, he would have been a great Option quarterback for a Big-8 team back in the day.
Rich Hill racing Miggy to 1B may be the best thing you’ll see on an MLB diamond today.
Missed it live but just saw a replay.,… Miggy missed a hit by that much!
Hedges knocks in 2!!!!
wow, their center fielder looks like ours.
We’ll take that gift.
Green would have made both the drop and catch of Hayes liner look routine.
Bunting Bae with Owings and Hedges due up next is simply idiotic!
I was thinking the same thing because you surely don’t want to sacrifice in that situation. On the other hand, if he was bunting for a hit it made me wonder. Does Bae have a better chance of reaching first when he swings away or when he bunts?
You’re right, even though Hedges miraculously got a hit.
Hill vs Baez is entertaining
This is not how I’m gonna remember Miggy. Yikes.
I remember the skinny 19-year-old that helped the fish win a WS.
The guy you’re watching isn’t Miggy.
Here is to a quality start for Rich and that at least gives us a chance at a split today…..
unless he throws a 10 inning shutout, not sure how we win this.
Well, quality start now. 6 innings only 84 pitches and has a 4-0 lead so……….we have a chance at the split 🙂
Send Underdog down and bring up Selby.
Send Hedges down and bring up Davis.
What is happening with Swaggerty? He would be great to bring up now.
Swaggerty hasn’t played in three weeks due to illness. He’s not coming up anytime soon
Yesterday was the game to win. E-Rod is a beast! But hey, how can he be 4-2 with the kind of year he’s having? Nine starts and only 4 wins!