by Zane Heiple
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The Pittsburgh Pirates ended a 10 game losing streak after defeating the San Francisco Giants 5-0 on Monday night and were hoping that James McDonald could pitch at a high level like Charlie Morton did during the win. The Giants, who are in a slump of their own, still sit atop the National League West Division, but have the Arizona Diamondbacks on their heels.
Pablo Sandoval made a great play at third base on a one hopper to prevent Ronny Cedeno from scoring on what would have been an Andrew McCutchen single in the fifth inning. This play proved big as Chris Stewart would take the first pitch of the inning deep to give the Giants a 2-0 lead. Huff would strike again, this time with a solo home run in the sixth inning.
The Giants added three more runs in the eighth inning. The first was when Nick Schierholtz hit into a fielder’s choice allowing Sandoval to score from third. The next came when Cody Ross hit a shallow fly ball to right that none of the Buccos defense could get too. Ross would advance to third base on a throwing error by Ryan Doumit. Ross then came into score on a Orlando Cabrera single to give San Francisco a 6-0 victory.
It was frustrating to watch the offense of the Pirates shut out only one night after they scored five runs. Hopefully they will have an answer tomorrow in the rubber match of this series. Also the bullpen struggled again tonight as they had to use three pitchers just to get out of the eighth inning. Jeff Karstens will get the ball for the Pirates, while the G-Men will counter with Jonathan Sanchez. First pitch is scheduled for 3:45pm.
Record vs. N.L. West: 10-14
Record on the Road: 29-28
Overall Record: 55-60
Let’s Go Bucs!!!