For the second time in 3 nights, the Tigers high-powered, big money offense was on the losing end of a 1-to-0, 11-inning setback to the up and coming Pirates. The shutout for Detroit last night at Pittsburgh gave the Pirates 3 straight wins over the Tigers in the four game home-n-home series. Pittsburgh is 16-and-4 in its last 20 games while Detroit’s lead in the American League Central has dipped to just a half game over the second place Indians, who beat the Reds in Cleveland. The Tigers stay on the road tonight, opening a 3-game series at Baltimore. Detroit’s loss last night spoiled a strong outing for starting pitcher Doug Fister, who tossed seven innings of four-hit ball with a dozen strikeouts. The two teams each had 9 hits and combined to strand 21 runners, including 11 for the Tigers. Miguel Cabrera and Omar Infante had two hits apiece for Detroit, including a pair of doubles for Cabrera.
Thursday afternoon at Wrigley Field, the Cubs topped the White Sox 8-to-3, giving them 3 straight over the White Sox to clinch this year’s Crosstown Cup, the first time the Cubs have won the series since 2007.