After a disappointing home stand, the Pittsburgh Pirates headed out west for the first of a four game series against the San Francisco Giants on Monday night. After trailing for the majority of the game, the Bucs rallied in the ninth inning, stealing a 6-4 victory to kick off the road trip.
Trevor Williams started for Pittsburgh, giving up four runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings, while his mound opponent, Madison Bumgarner, gave up two runs on six hits in seven innings. Richard Rodriguez earned the victory by pitching a scoreless eighth inning, and Felipe Vazquez earned his 26th save of the season by shutting things down in the ninth.
A single by Evan Longoria in the bottom of the first put the Giants in front, 1-0. Jacob Stallings’ solo homerun in the top of the fifth tied the game, but a two run double by Brandon Belt in the bottom of the inning put the Giants back in front by a run.
Melky Cabrera’s double in the top of the sixth cut the Giants’ lead in half at 3-2, but Jaylin Davis’s groundout in the bottom of the sixth put them back in front by two runs.
The Pirates’ never quit attitude was on full display in this game, as they once again made a run in the last inning and came away with the win. A single by Kevin Newman scored two runs and tied the game, and a single by Bryan Reynolds, who came up through the Giants’ organization before coming to Pittsburgh in the Andrew McCutchen trade, gave the Bucs the lead. Jose Osuna’s sacrifice fly gave them an important insurance run….not that Vazquez needed that win the dominant inning he put together in the bottom of the ninth.
This was a great start to the road trip for the Pirates. They will look for their second straight victory on Tuesday night, sending Mitch Keller to the mound against Johnny Cueto for San Francisco.
Record vs. Giants: 3-1
Record vs. N.L. West: 15-16
Record on the Road: 32-41
Overall Record: 63-81
Let’s Go Bucs!