For the seventh time this season the Pittsburgh Pirates had an opportunity to do something they haven’t done since August of 2020, sweep a series. Unfortunately, for the seventh time this season they failed to do so as the San Francisco Giants won the finale of this three-game series 6-1. The game would be the lesser of the news today, as All-Star second baseman Adam Frazier was lifted from the game in the eighth inning and traded to the San Diego Padres.
Pittsburgh got on the board in the top of the first when John Nogowski hit an RBI double to left to drive in Bryan Reynolds. That would be the only lead that the Pirates would have during this contest. San Francisco would tie the game in the bottom of the inning when LaMonte Wade Jr. hit his first of two solo homers of the day. The second would come in the third inning.
The Giants broke this game open in the sixth inning. It started with a Wilmer Flores solo home run to left. Their fourth run of the game would occur when Jacob Stallings committed an error trying to throw a runner out at second base, allowing the runner at third to score. The final run came when Curt Casali singled to center to bring in Thairo Estrada. Estrada would be responsible for scoring the final run of the series in the eighth when he hit a solo home run center.
JT Brubaker made the start for Pittsburgh today going four innings, while allowing two runs on three hits with six strikeouts and one walk. Duane Underwood Jr. continued to struggle out of the bullpen. He would throw 1.1 innings allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Chasen Shreve pitched 1.2 innings, walking two and striking out one during that time. Nick Mears was on the bump when San Francisco scored their final run of the day, he would also strikeout two batters.
The Pirates wrap up this six-game road trip with a 2-4 record and one less player on the roster. Inconsistency has been the story of this team over the past few seasons and that was shown on this trip. They were swept by the team with the worst record in baseball and then took two of three from a division leading team. Pittsburgh will return to PNC Park Tuesday night to begin a three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers. More trades could be on the horizon as this organization looks to build for down the road.
Record vs. Giants: 4-3
Record vs. N.L. West: 9-18
Record on the Road: 17-35
Overall Record: 38-61
Let’s Go Bucs!