It was just one of those BUCN games from the very start. Charlie Morton Struggled early on, giving up three runs in the first inning. The Giants then added another in the third before his exit after the fifth inning. Morton went 5 IP, giving up 9 hits, 4 runs all earned, while walking 3 and striking out only 2. Morton falls to 5-11 on the year and his era goes to 3.54
The Pirates were able to get on the board following a Neil Walker double in the 2nd, although he was 1-4 on the day. Josh Harrison hasn't cooled off one bit as he homered for the fourth straight game with a two run bomb to tie it in the third, his 9th of the year. The home run was Harrison's lone hit on the day. Jordy Mercer continues to play quality baseball, he homered in the fourth inning, a two run shot and his 7th of the year.
No Pirate had a multiple hit game in this afternoon matchup, as the Pirate bats were mostly quiet. The majority of base runners coming off of walks that the Pirates didn't hold the Giants accountable for.
Jared Hughes took over after Morton throwing a scoreless 6th. He was followed by Justin Wilson who squandered the Pirates lead allowing the Giants to plate two runs. Jeanmar Gomez came on in the 8th, he was charged with an unearned run before Ernesto Frieri entered to finish off the inning.
There were many miscues today for the Pirates making for a somewhat ugly game. A couple #Hurdled moments and a huge base running miscue were notable. In the 6th following a walk, Travis Snider started to advance towards third base thinking that there was a runner behind him on first. Sanchez at third was caught off guard and the two of them both ended up getting doubled off. A major TOOTBLAN!
Tim Lincecum started for the Giants and was even less impressive than Morton. He only made it 3.1 innings allowed 5 hits while giving up 5 runs all of which were credited to him, walking 3 and striking out just 2.
It was the Giants bullpen that proved to be the key for them. Following Lincecum's early exit they were able to shut the door and stifle the Buccos. Gutierrez, Lopez, Machi, Romo and Casilla combined for 5 and 2/3 innings of scoreless ball.
Blanco, Morse and Sandoval all had multiple hit games and RBIs for the Giants offense that was electric today, earning 12 hits off of Pirate pitchers. This series ending win snaps a 6 game losing streak for the Giants.