Pirates' Bats Awaken in Win over Tigers
Biertempfel, Rob, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Pirates manager John Russell said he wanted hits.
"We're not very much of a home run-hitting team," Russell said. "We have to manufacture runs. When we get guys on base, we do a pretty good job. But we have to get some hits."
He got 'em.
Singles and extra-base hits. Sweet-stroked ropes to the gap and squibbers that didn't make it out of the infield. Scattered hits and five hits in a row. A blast by the clean-up guy and a slapper by the pitcher. A solo home run and a grand slam.
Hits, hits, hits.
It's about time.
Saturday night, the Pirates pounced on right-hander Armando Galarraga and Detroit's bullpen and ravaged the Detroit Tigers, 9- 3.
The Pirates pounded out 16 hits, two shy of their season high. Five of the hits were for extra bases, including Freddy Sanchez's two-out grand slam in the fourth inning.
Russell was unhappy with the offense after seeing the Pirates smothered Friday by Tigers rookie Rick Porcello. He worried that his starter last night, Zach Duke, again would be victimized by low run support.
Marcus Thames gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead with a first-inning homer off Duke.
Adam LaRoche began the bottom of the second by swatting a 2-0 pitch over the Clemente Wall. …