After a disappointing 13-10 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Friday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates desperately needed a strong pitching performance on Saturday. Trevor Williams delivered for the Bucs in the third game of the weekend series, tossing seven shutout innings as the Pirates beat the Giants by a 4-0 score.
Williams was dominant tonight, earning his tenth victory of the season after giving up just five hits and one walk in seven innings of work. Keone Kela and Felipe Vazquez each pitched a scoreless inning of relief on the night.
The Pirates didn’t need a lot of offense tonight, but they got more than enough in the third and fourth innings. A sacrifice fly by Corey Dickerson in the third scored Josh Harrison to put the Bucs on the board at 1-0. The big blow came in the fourth inning though, when Josh Bell connected on a three run homerun, scoring Gregory Polanco and David Freese to make it 4-0, which would be the final.
This was a solid win for the Pirates. With a win tomorrow, they will earn a series victory in a four game series. They need to continue to win series from here on out if they wish to make a run at the postseason. They will face the Giants in the series finale tomorrow afternoon. Joe Musgrove will take the mound for Pittsburgh against Dereck Rodriguez for San Francisco.
Record vs. Giants: 4-2
Record vs. N.L. West: 12-20
Record on the Road: 28-28
Overall Record: 61-57
Let’s Go Bucs!