Wednesday, June 22, 2016


That is now the Giants record since May 11

the recap doesn't mention the strike-out-caught-stealing DP to end the game. Casilla-Posey-Crawford. a thing of beauty.

here it is --

PITTSBURGH -- The Giants followed a different path to a familiar destination Wednesday night at PNC Park. Overcoming a rare ineffective starting pitching performance, San Francisco rode its bullpen and a middle-innings comeback to a 7-6 win over Pittsburgh.
The Giants are 29-9 since May 11, a successful stretch built firmly on the foundation of their rotation. But Jeff Samardzija exited after allowing six runs in three innings, tied for the shortest start of his career. That left the Giants bullpen to hold the line, which they did for six scoreless innings. Sure enough, San Francisco chipped away at Pittsburgh's leaky pitching staff. Buster Posey's RBI double keyed a two-run fifth, and Joe Panik's two-run double off reliever Jared Hughes gave the Giants the lead in a three-run sixth.
The Pirates claimed a five-run lead after three innings, riding a solid start from Francisco Liriano and launching three home runs off Samardzija. But Liriano unraveled, and San Francisco's bullpen silenced Pittsburgh's bats long enough for the Bucs' latest late-inning letdown. The Pirates have lost 12 of their last 14 games and 19 of 25, falling four games under .500 on the year.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED 'Pen men: Giants relievers were forced to work overtime after Samardzija departed early. Fortunately for the Giants, their bullpen was ready to respond, having received plenty of rest while Madison Bumgarner pitched a complete game Monday and only three relievers appeared Tuesday. Derek Law, who was raised in Pittsburgh, worked two shutout innings to set the pace as San Francisco's bullpen blanked the Pirates for the final six innings.
Pair of 10s: John Jaso led off the first inning by blasting Samardzija's first pitch to right-center field. Gregory Polanco went deep in the second, and Jung Ho Kang crushed a solo shot in the third -- the 10th home run of the season for each player, tied for the team lead with Andrew McCutchen. Polanco surpassed his previous career high of nine, set last season, while Kang reached double digits in just his 140th plate appearance of the season.
WHAT'S NEXT Giants: San Francisco's two-city, seven-game trip concludes with Thursday's 9:35 a.m. PT matinee against Pittsburgh. Rookie right-hander Albert Suarez, replacing the injured Matt Cain (right hamstring) in the Giants' rotation, is scheduled to make his fourth Major League start. Giants starters own a 3.13 ERA on this trip.


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