Andrew McCutchen Returns To PNC Park This Weekend

Giants skid hits six games after Pirates score game-winner on hit by pitch

Tallion was sharp in his previous outing, limiting the Brewers to one run in five innings, finishing with the no decision in a game the Pirates lost.

The right-hander allowed a Josh Bell sacrifice fly and two-out RBI single from Corey Dickerson as the Pirates jumped out to an early 2-0 lead.

In 673 games, McCutchen hit 92 home runs and stole 92 bases, with a career line of.304/.394/.498 at his old stomping ground. He would drive in the go-ahead run after being plunked by Tony Watson, putting the Pirates up 6-5, a lead which they would not relinquish in the top of the ninth inning. The Giants will look to get their road trip back on track in another three game set. Taillon comes off of a 5-3 loss (ND) at Milwaukee with a run scoring on six hits and two BB over five innings. I'm expecting a good return for the now Giant's veteran right fielder. Manager Bruce Bochy said there's a chance Pence, who has not played since April 18, could return at some point during a seven-game homestand that starts Monday against Cincinnati.

Marte's 402-foot double almost ruined Holland's best start of the year, but the left-hander bounced back by striking out Josh Bell to end the fifth. His team-leading eighth home run of the year halved the deficit, and former Pirate Alen Hanson evened the game at 2-2 with a one-out solo shot into the right field bleachers.

Through their 38th game on Friday, the Pirates ranked fourth in the NL with 46 home runs. The three-run blast was the fifth hit by the Giants this season after the club hit just seven all of a year ago. Kelby Tomlinson replaced Hanson at second base as Bochy described the injury as day-to-day. That being said, as you will see below, I'm okay using motivation as a tie-breaker.

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However, a one-out home run from Gregory Polanco knotted the score at 3-3 in the bottom of the frame, preventing Samardzija from notching a shutdown inning.

Last season, the Giants bested the Pirates 5-1 in games faced against each other, including a three-game road sweep at the end of June. Posey is just coming off a four-game multi-hit streak, or a six-game hit streak if you like bigger numbers.

"We're here to win games".

Jackson's two-out knock came against left-hander Steven Brault, who entered after starter Jameson Taillon exited following the third inning with a finger laceration on his pitching hand. "Need to be better".

Suárez was lifted after the fourth and became the fifth straight Giants starter who failed to pitch into the sixth inning.

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