Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Angel Pagan's veteran savvy

 Here's some veteran savvy -- Angel Pagan hit a long grand slam tonight, his third homer of the year. It was the key hit as the score was 1-0 in the 4th. It was his 55th career homer, to go along with 51 triples. As Mike Krukow pointed out, the Pirates pitcher had just walked in a run so Angel went after the first pitch.

Here's --

PITTSBURGH -- Backed by the Giants' biggest offensive performance of the year, Johnny Cueto continued his dominant stretch against an opponent that's too often seen him at his best. San Francisco tallied a season-high 22 hits, Cueto fired 6 2/3 strong innings and the Giants beat the Pirates, 15-4, on Tuesday night at PNC Park.
A night after being shut out by Jeff Locke and three Pirates relievers, the Giants gave Cueto plenty of breathing room. San Francisco broke out against Pittsburgh spot starter Wilfredo Boscan in the fourth, putting up seven runs and batting around before recording an out. Angel Pagan delivered the biggest hit, a first-pitch grand slam to center field, and Conor Gillaspie followed with a two-run homer deep into the right-field seats.
"When you get seven scored on you in one inning, it changes the direction of the game immediately," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "We've had some challenges along these lines. ... We didn't do enough things well to win the game. Matter of fact, we got beat pretty good tonight."


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