The San Francisco Giants leave Pittsburgh with a split after a 4-1 win. It was a much-needed win after losing back-to-back game Friday and Saturday. The win also improves the Giants to 24-16, the best record in the National League.
Buster Posey led the Giants with three hits, upping his batting average to .382. Posey looks fresh, and even his power appears to be back; he has nine home runs this season. Evan Longoria scored the tiebreaking run in the sixth on a wild pitch by reliever Clay Holmes. Longoria began the inning with a single off Mitch Keller.
Mauricio Dubon added two hits for the Giants. In the ninth inning, Mike Yastrzemski hit a two-run for the Giants to give them the 4-1 lead. Tyler Rogers closed the game out for the Giants for his fourth save on the season.
San Francisco’s starting pitcher Alex Wood continued his incredible season, pitching six innings, giving up just one run, and striking out eight batters. The win improved Wood to 5-0 on the season with a 1.76 ERA. Wood likes to push the pace when on the mound.
“I’ve always liked to push the pace,” Wood said. “A lot of that is my personality. I don’t like waiting around. I want to work at my pace. I want to get in my groove. I don’t want the hitter to dictate the pace or how fast I’m attacking.”
The Giants starting pitching allowed only three earned runs in 23 1/3 innings in four games against the Pirates. It was their bullpen that cost them the two games the Giants lost.
Up next for the Giants will be a four-game series with the Cincinnati Reds. It would be nice if the Giants can get three out of four before they play the Los Angeles Dodgers.