The Pittsburgh Pirates played their final game on the west coast this afternoon when they completed a four game series against the San Francisco Giants. The previous three games were back and forth contests, but today saw Pittsburgh take an early lead and hold on for a 4-2 victory.
Jose Osuna got things started in the first when he hit a RBI double to left to score Bryan Reynolds. The Pirates would strike again in the fourth on a Kevin Kramer sac fly. The Buccos took a three run lead in the fifth when Adam Frazier singled to right to score Joe Musgrove. San Francisco scored their only two runs of the afternoon in the sixth on a home run by Evan Longoria. Pittsburgh would get an insurance run in the seventh on a 380 ft. solo home run by Jacob Stallings.
Musgrove pitched five innings today and struck out seven batters, while allowing four hits. Yacksel Rios came out of the bullpen in the sixth inning. He allowed two runs on two hits with one strikeout and one walk. The seventh inning belonged to Keone Kela, who struck out two batters. Richard Rodriguez pitched a scoreless eighth inning, striking out a batter and giving up a hit. Felipe Vazquez earned his 28th save of the season, after striking out two, walking one, and allowing a hit.
The Giants countered with Jeff Samardzija. He would pitch 6.1 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Andrew Suarez covered the next 1.2 innings and struck out one batter. The final man out of the San Francisco bullpen today was Burch Smith. Smith struck out one batter during the ninth inning.
This was a solid series for the Pirates, who posted a winning record against the Giants this season. The Buccos will continue this road trip tomorrow afternoon with the first of three against the Chicago Cubs. Steven Brault will open the series for Pittsburgh, while Chicago will send Jon Lester to the bump. Game time is 4:05pm.
Record vs. Giants: 5-2
Record vs. N.L. West: 17-17
Record on the Road: 34-41
Overall Record: 65-82
Let’s Go Bucs!