The Pittsburgh Pirates built an early lead on Wednesday night and were able to hold off the San Francisco Giants to earn a 6-3 victory in the third game of this four game series on the west coast.
This certainly had the feel of September matchup between two teams out of playoff contention. The two teams combined to use 13 pitchers, with neither starter making it out of the fifth inning. Michael Feliz earned the victory (3-4) by pitching a scoreless fifth inning, while Felipe Vazquez tallied his 27th save of the season with an easy ninth.
Adam Frazier’s single in the second scored Jose Osuna for the game’s first run, and a single by Kevin Kramer later in the inning made it 2-0 Bucs.
Pittsburgh added two more runs in the fourth when Elias Diaz hit a sacrifice fly and Colin Moran singled home Kevin Newman, making it 4-0.
The Giants battled back in the fifth with three runs, cutting the lead to just a single run. But the Pirates added a run in the sixth on a double by Cole Tucker and a run in the eighth on a sac bunt by Diaz. :San Francisco couldn’t put together a comeback in the final two innings, and the Pirates went on to win.
This was a nice win for the Pirates, with many “new” faces contributing to the victory. They will wrap up this series on Thursday afternoon with a 3:45 first pitch.
Record vs. Giants: 4-2
Record vs. N.L. West: 16-17
Record on the Road: 33-42
Overall Record: 64-82
Let’s Go Bucs!