Pittsburgh gave early notice that they were in hitting mode, stranding a couple in the first. The Giants responded in kind. A pair of singles, a wild pitch and a Buster Posey double made it 2-0 in a hurry. Both sides left runners aboard in the second.
The Bucs broke big in the third. Two singles, two walks and a clutch opposite-field double by Pedro led to four Pirate runs; the G-Men answered with a two-run homer by Brandon Crawford, one that was likely helped by a fan (it passed review, but would have hit the wall if a fan hadn't gloved it. The review crew was unsure, tho, upholding but not confirming the call after 4-1/2 minutes).
Pittsburgh wasted no time regaining the lead; Cutch tripled with two down in the fourth and scored after The Kid followed with a single. Frisco had runners on second and third in their half, but AJ retired Posey on a fly to end the threat. Jordy kept the two-out juju working for Pittsburgh by lifting a hanging spinner over the wall in left center to make it 6-4. Cutch drove home Gregory Polanco in the sixth to put Pittsburgh up by three.
|Cutch - still the one (photo Ben Margot/AP)|
So hey, great start to the Bay series. Frankie goes for the sweep this afternoon against veteran Tim Hudson.
- The Pirates have won 10-of-12; the Giants have lost four in a row.
- Five Pirates had multi-hit games. Cutch led the pack going 4-for-5 (he was a HR short of the cycle) while Josh, The Kid, Pedro & Jordy each had two knocks.
- AJ has now won a career-high six straight games.
- The Buc's gave Jordy the "deserted dugout" treatment after he smacked his first homer of the year before coming back from their tunnel hideout to slap skin.
- The streaky Starling Marte continues to struggle, and is in 0-for-20 slump.
- Lloyd McClendon is still at it. After being ejected in yesterday's game. the Seattle skipper took a lap around the bases before calling it a night.
- Upper St. Clair's Kevin Slowey, who pitched seven seasons for the Twins and Marlins, has retired at age 31 and taken a job with the MLB Players Association as a special assistant to director Tony Clark.