Andrew McCutchen Returns To PNC Park This Weekend

Andrew McCutchen Returns To PNC Park This Weekend

After forcing Pirates outfielders to race all over the grass at PNC Park for the first five innings of Sunday's contest, the Giants finally hit a few balls where Pittsburgh players couldn't track them down. Pittsburgh starter Trevor Williams gave up four runs over five frames for a ND with Richard Rodriguez allowing an 8th inning run yet still picking up the win.

At the beginning of Jackson's at-bat, Pittsburgh's scoreboard flashed a graphic featuring a spray chart of the center fielder's balls in play this season.

Still, manager Bruce Bochy sees an upward trajectory. "They're looking for the ball up over the plate".

Jordy Mercer was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the eighth inning, driving in the go-ahead run in Saturday's win over the Giants.

After the start of the game was delayed about 90 minutes by rain, the Pirates took a 2-0 lead in the first on Bell's sacrifice fly and Corey Dickerson's RBI single.

The Pirates are now tied for second place in the NL Central, only a 1/2 game behind the Cardinals.


The Pirates catcher broke a 3-3 tie with a two-run blast to right center field in the sixth inning, ruining Samardzija's night and forcing the Giants to play from behind in the late innings. 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.

Rookie Andrew Suárez was the starter the last time the Giants won, but he battled command issues throughout four rough innings against a Pirates team that's now won four in a row.

Through their 38th game on Friday, the Pirates ranked fourth in the NL with 46 home runs. Falling behind early has crushed the Giants on their road trip, as the club has given up at least one first inning run in seven of their nine games. His game-tying blast to right field marked his fourth of the year for the Giants.

Salvaging the final game of a three-game set and ending a losing skid before flying home was possible thanks to Holland, who turned in his best start of the year and pitched his way around leadoff base runners in three different innings.

PITTSBURGH-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. "Part of me needs to be positive in this game but we'll keep that to myself and it is what it is". The Giants, meanwhile, have given up 15 homers during their losing streak.

Now the Giants hope for a boost for their pitching stuff.

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