|The Bucs wasted a strong outing by Trevo (photo Pittsburgh Pirates)|
It was another easy inning for The Shark in the fifth; he's fanned seven so far. Denard Span smacked a two-bagger to open and tagged to third on a fly but there he remained. Samardzija cruised through the sixth as did Williams. The Pirates got a single in the seventh to break a 13-in-a-row out streak but didn't dent the scoreboard as Brandon Belt may have saved a double with a nice grab of Jordy's opposite field bid. Tony Watson took the hill and two doubles, one to the leadoff hitter and the other with two outs, gave the G-Men the lead. The second hit was a gift; Starling lost a routine fly in the sun. J-Hay reached with one away in the eighth against Hunter Strickland; Cutch lined into a DP. Hitting 'em hard is part of the battle; hitting 'em where they ain't is the other. Juan Nicasio worked a clean frame. Sam Dtson kicked the slab in the ninth. The Pirates had a couple of long at-bats but never got a ball out of the infield.
It was a well pitched game and the gloves made all the difference. The Giants made the difficult grabs, saving themselves a run or two, while the Pirates muffed a couple of routine plays to cost themselves two runs, no further comment needed.
- J-Hay and Fraze had a pair of hits; the Bucs only had five raps on the day.
- The Pirates are 2-11 against the Giants and Reds.
- Pittburgh is 6-41 when scoring less than four runs.