On a chilly afternoon, Pirates right-hander Trevor Williams put the Detroit bats in a deep freeze.
Williams was pulled with a no-hitter in progress after six innings, and Authentic Jakob Chychrun Jersey Pittsburgh hung on to beat the Tigers 1-0 Sunday in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.
Williams has pitched 13 shutout innings in two career starts against the Tigers, allowing one hit.
I don’t really remember the game I pitched against them in August, but they’ve got future Hall of Famers in that lineup, so I’m not sure what is happening, he said.
His effort came a day after Minnesota’s Kyle Gibson was taken out after throwing 102 pitches in six no-hit innings at Baltimore.
There was no doubt in my mind, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. With five walks and 84 pitches, it wasn’t like he was going to get through nine innings, and we wanted to get to the bullpen.
Michael Fulmer (0-1) gave up one run on four hits and two walks in eight innings, striking out three.
That was probably the coldest game of my big league career, but I handled it better than I expected, he said. I was happy with how everything felt.
Gregory Polanco’s RBI double gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead in the first, but he was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple.
The Tigers grounded into two double plays in the first three innings, then ran themselves out of the fourth with an inning-ending strikeout/caught stealing double play.
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It goes both ways on days like this, but I think I would rather be the pitcher, Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. I’ve gotten jammed on days like this, and it hurt.
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Williams walked two batters in the fifth, forcing action in the Pirates bullpen, but he escaped the inning with two flyballs. He pitched a 1-2-3 sixth before giving way to Feliz.