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Pirates Drop Series To Giants, Offense Continues To Struggle

The Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants wrapped up their three-game series Sunday afternoon from Oracle Park.  The Pittsburgh pitching did all that it could to get the win, but a three run third inning by San Francisco was too much for the cold Pirates offense to overcome.  In the end it would be the Giants winning the game 3-2 and taking two out of the three games in the series.

San Francisco would use a pair of home runs, a solo shot from Thairo Estrada and two run homer from Mike Yastrzemski, along with a sac fly hit by LaMonte Wade Jr. to go ahead by three runs in the third.  The Pirates collected their first run of the day when Edward Olivares scored on a Jared Triolo ground out.  Their last run came in the ninth when Triolo hit an RBI single to center.

Jared Jones might have collected the L on the day, but his performance was still good on the mound.  He would work five innings allowing three runs on six hits with three strikeouts and one walk.  Luis L. Ortiz covered the next two innings, giving up two hits and striking out three.  The eighth would belong to Kyle Nicolas and he would strikeout a pair.

Giants starter Keaton Winn struck out five, walked one, and allowed one run on three hits over six innings. Erik Miller struck out and walked one batter in the seventh before Ryan Walker struck out one in the eighth.  Camilo Doval earned his fifth save of the year after allowing one run on two hits with a walk.

It may sound like we are beating a dead horse, but if the offense can not find a way to score more runs this team will not be able to win.  A team should not lose a series when their starting pitching has a combined ERA of 1.59.  Pittsburgh will continue their road trip tomorrow night when they start a three-game series with the Oakland Athletics.  First pitch is set for 9:40pm.

Record vs. Giants:  1-2

Record vs. N.L. West:  1-2

Record on the Road:  9-8

Overall Record:  14-15

And…

As Always…

Let’s Go Bucs!

Zane Heiple

Zane is Co-Editor of Fans From The Stands and a weekly contributor for Armchair Report on NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, and NCAA related topics. He's also the smartest man in the world. Just ask him.