Chad Kuhl, who's set to start Saturday against the Giants, said he'll never forget his first encounter with the five-time All-Star, at spring training in 2014. 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.
Down 5-4 entering the eighth inning, center fielder Austin Jackson launched an RBI double off the top of the left field wall against former Giant George Kontos to even the score, but Jackson barley missed a home run that would have pushed the club ahead. Bell took a step from third base toward the plate on contact, but after Evan Longoria corralled the ball, Bell darted back to the bag and danced out of the way of a Longoria tag. The over has cashed in seven of those games, compared to 12 that've hit the under against righties.
"I think it'll be really good", Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.
"If I make that play, it's three outs", he said "I didn't make it". The homer was the second of the year for the 30-year-old, who's hitting.275/.306/.362 in 32 games this year. May. They started off with a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies and are now two games into a series with the Pittsburgh Pirates. However, towards the end of the game Hanson had to be removed with hamstring tightness.
With a 10-game road trip coming to a close and a cross-country flight on their evening itinerary, the Giants arrived at PNC Park on Mother's Day 0-for-Pennsylvania.
The big story surrounding the San Francisco Giants' series opener Friday against the Pittsburgh Pirates has nothing directly to do with statistics or strategy or streaks. Max Moroff's three-run home run in the eighth capped the scoring. The left-hander had allowed at least three earned runs in each of his past five starts, but kept Pirates hitters off balance with a fastball that bumped up to 93 miles per hour and a slider that helped him rack up five swinging strikes. There was so much love at PNC Park. The Pirates have won three in a row and four of five.
Thanks to the work of veteran starter Derek Holland and a sixth-inning outburst from the Giants' offense, the club ensured the journey home will be a happy one as it snapped a six-game losing streak. Nova has given up 10 runs in his last 5 2/3 innings. "Need to be better".