The storyline coming into this weekend series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants was the return of Andrew McCutchen to PNC Park. McCutchen was a key member of three straight playoff appearances from 2013-15, but all good things must come to an end. Many thought Pittsburgh would be in turmoil this season, but so far, they have been playing good baseball and that continued tonight in an 11-2 victory.
The Pirates were able to get out of the gate fast tonight with a Starling Marte two run home run in the bottom of the first inning. That would be key after Jameson Taillon left the game after the third inning with a finger laceration. Hopefully Taillon does not miss much time, because when he is on top of his game he is by far the best pitcher on the staff.
San Francisco was able to tie the game in the fourth when Austin Jackson drove in two on a single to right centerfield. Those runs were charged to Steven Brault who would end up with his third win of the season when the Jolly Roger was raised. Kyle Crick, Edgar Santana, Michael Feliz, George Kontos, and Richard Rodriguez would each work an inning out of the pen and not give up a run. Chad Kuhl really needs to pitch deep into the game tomorrow night to give theses guys a needed break.
The bottom of the fourth is when the Buccos would put this game away for good. Jordy Mercer would start things off with an RBI triple to centerfield. He would not be on the bases for long since Jose Osuna would bring him home with a 400 ft. home run to left centerfield. Colin Moran would get in on the homer action with a two-run shot to centerfield in the sixth inning. One inning later Josh Bell would put one out over the fence in centerfield with a two-run dinger of his own. The final homer of the night came from Max Moroff and his three-run shot in the eighth.
McCutchen may have been the story coming into the night, but hopefully with everyone watching they saw an exciting Pittsburgh ballclub. The Pirates seem to have something special brewing in that clubhouse this year, with 12 of their next games against sub-par opponents they have a real chance of making a statement in the Central Division standings before the month of June arrives.
Record vs. Giants: 1-0
Record vs. N.L. West: 2-2
Record at Home: 11-5
Overall Record: 22-16
Let’s Go Bucs!