The San Francisco Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night in the first game of the teams’ weekend series by a 5-3 score.
Carlos Rodon started for the Giants, giving up two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts in six innings on the mound. He improved to 11-6 on the season, while Camilo Doval tallied his 16th save of the season.
Bryse Wilson took the loss for the Bucs, falling to 2-7 on the year. He lasted 5.1 innings, giving up four runs on six hits. The bullpen combined for 2.3 innings, giving up one run on one hit.
The Giants scored a pair of runs in the second inning to take control of the game. A solo homerun by Mike Yastrzemski got them on the board, and a sacrifice fly by Luis Gonzalez scored their second run.
Yastrzemski’s ground ball in the third allowed Austin Wynns to score, increasing the lead to 3-0. But the Bucs got on the board in the fourth inning on a solo homerun by Rodolfo Castro.
A double by Yastrzemski in the fifth scored another run for San Francisco, making it a 4-1 lead. Solo homeruns by Ben Gamel in the fifth and Greg Allen in the seventh got the Bucs within a 4-3 score. Gonzalez’s double in the eighth gave the Giants an insurance run that it turns out they wouldn’t need…as they hung on for the two-run victory.
This was a tough way to start the series for Pittsburgh. As has been the case many times throughout this difficult season, the Pirates fell behind in the early innings and couldn’t quite complete the comeback. They will look to get back in the win column on Saturday. Tyler Beede will be on the bump for Pittsburgh against Logan Webb for the Giants.
Record vs. Giants: 1-3
Record vs. N.L. West: 14-15
Record on the Road: 21-39
Overall Record: 45-68
Let’s Go Bucs!