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Giants Beat Bucs 2-1 In 11 Innings

It was a disastrous game on Friday night for the Pittsburgh Pirates, losing 13-5 to the San Francisco Giants, a team in with of the worst records in all of baseball.  Today, the Bucs turned their sites from a series sweep to a series victory, but unfortunately, they weren’t able to come away with either, as the Giants came up with a 2-1 win in 11 innings.

Chad Kuhl started for the Pirates and probably pitched his best game of the 2017 season, giving up one run on two hits in six innings.  The bullpen was solid for Pittsburgh as well, as Tony Watson, Juan Nicasio, and Felipe Rivero combined to pitch four scoreless innings in relief.  Daniel Hudson was tagged with the loss, giving up an unearned run in the 11th.

The Giants used a total of six pitchers tonight, including starter Matt Moore, who gave up one run on four hits with six walks and five strikeouts in 5.2 innings of work.  Josh Osich earned the victory for San Fran after pitching a scoreless 10th.

The Pirates took the lead in the bottom of the third on an RBI single by Josh Bell, scoring Andrew McCutchen.  The game remained a 1-0 advantage for Pittsburgh until Austin Slater’s solo homerun in the top of the 6th to bring the Giants even.

The Giants scored the game’s winning run in a wild (and frustrating) 11th inning.  Denard Span drew a one-out walk, and advanced to second on a passed ball.  Joe Panik singled Span to third base, and Hunter Pence then struck out, putting two runners on base with two outs.  With a full count on Buster Posey, Hudson threw a wild pitch that got by Elias Diaz.  Posey walked, but more importantly, Span scored from third for the game’s deciding run.

This has turned out to be a horrible weekend for the Pirates thus far.  They were playing good baseball as they welcomed the Giants into town last night, but they have lost the first two games to a team that has been one of the league’s worst in the first half of the season.  At the very least, the Bucs need to salvage a game in this series, as many of the other teams in the N.L. Central division have been winning yesterday and today.

The Pirates will look to avoid the sweep tomorrow afternoon when they take the field against the Giants in the series finale.  Jeff Samardzija will take the mound for the Giants against Trevor Williams for Pittsburgh.  First pitch is scheduled for 1:35pm.

Record vs. Giants: 0-2

Record vs. N.L. West: 5-10

Record at Home: 21-21

Overall Record: 37-44



As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!

Chad Carlson

Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands, Pirates' Beat Writer For Armchair Report, Sports writer for AMN, SteelTownRock And Music City Encore Editor