With Team Effort, SF Giants Achieve Something They Hadn’t Since 2017 – The Mercury News

PITTSBURGH – The Giants’ 7-5 win here Saturday afternoon, securing their first series win against the Pirates since 2017, was the definition of a team effort.

San Francisco scored in six separate innings, nine players contributed to the run column and the eighth also required two relievers and a beaten-up backstop to avoid a base-loaded jam. But by the time Camilo Doval recorded his 27th out, the Giants were winners of the seventh game in their last eight encounters.

His “line change” which often occurs when an opposing starter leaves the game, giving him the edge for good, although Pittsburgh threatened to make things worse in the eighth, which made it a one-run game. and later threatened to proceed. Run in a scoring position.

Pinch-hitting for Austin Wynes in the sixth, Brandon Belt walked the first of four from Pittsburgh’s bullpen and scored a go-forward run on a sack fly from Mike Yastrzemsky, who was pinch-hitting for Austin Slater.

After the Pirates loaded down the base against Dominic Lyon in the eighth, Jake McGee dismissed Tyler Heineman on the 10th pitch of at-bat to avoid the innings. Catcher Kurt Casali, already suffering from a hamstring pain, took a foul ball from his hand, but remained in play as the only available backstop was left after Wynes came out.

The only player to not score or drive in a run in the starting lineup was Ivan Longoria, who ran three times and was trapped in third place in the seventh, when Luis González delivered a two-strike double, which went to Jock Pedersen, who went on to score a run. Proved. Valuable insurance.

With two more single shots – Wilmer Flores left in first, Austin Slater in center in fifth – the Giants’ last 10 home runs have come without runners on base. He has not hit a multiple-run homer since Flores’ two-run shot against the Rockies on June 7.

But the Giants were able to score enough runs on Saturday in other ways to make up for a major blast of pirates. Brandon Crawford singled out Thyro Estrada in sixth to tie the game at 4, and Darin Roof drove in Casali to give them a 2–1 lead in third. Crawford gave Doval breathable space at the top of the ninth with an RBI double that extended the Giants’ lead to 7-5 when the Pirates pulled through in a previous innings.

The teams traded the lead three times through the first three innings, but starter Alex Wood settled after the third of three runs and was left with a 6–4 lead with one in the sixth.

The Pirates’ five runs are the most Giants have left in 10 matches since their 5-3 loss to the Rockies last Tuesday. They have won eight of their last 10 (including seven of eight) and took a 1.21 staff ERA over that stretch in Saturday’s game.

Wood was probably one strike away from tossing a one-run gem.

But with another two outs in the third, Wood made two quick strikes in front of designated hitter Michael Chavis. And then: foul, ball, ball, ball, ball. The next batsman, Diego Castillo (who entered the game at a 3-for-40 streak and a batting average of .192), hit a 2-2 sinker on the wall of the left field, responsible for three of the Pirates’ five runs. ,

Daniil Vogelbach made it a one-run game against Lyon to take the lead with a single blast in eighth place, Lyon scored the first in 10 outs (9⅓ ip), and Cal Mitchell struck it again with a deep ball. Threatened to tie up. The gap with first and second placed runners, but Yastrzemsky, who took over for Slater in the center, contrasted from his shifted position to left-centre to track it down and maintain the Giants’ lead, before McGee met. Ran all the way till out of the innings.

The Giants had played six series against the Pirates since the last time they won one – their last meeting of 2017 – which was their longest streak in the Majors without a series win against any opponent. But against a team tied for the third-worst run margin in the Majors (minus-103 entering Saturday), they would go for the sweep on Sunday.

Belly’s early exit: Pitching coach Andrew Bailey was kicked out of play by first base umpire Jim Reynolds during the final batting of the fifth inning. Bailey wasn’t the only one on the Giants bench jogging with Reynolds when he said Diego Castillo hadn’t gone on a check swing. Reynolds made a few check-swing calls that the Giants were unhappy with, including four-balling Chavis after Wood lost.

Bailey’s ejection marks the second time a Giants coach has been tossed out of a game after he was ousted in the fifth game of the season during a back-and-forth with the Padres bench and coach Mike Schildt.

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