Giants fend off Pirates’ comeback bid, tie season-high with 13 runs

SAN FRANCISCO–The window is quickly shutting for the 2018 Giants, but after losing five of their last six games, Friday’s starting nine attempted to prevent it from closing altogether.

Manager Bruce Bochy and members of the Giants’ front office met for nearly an hour before Friday’s 13-10 win over the Pirates to discuss the direction of a club that began the day two games under .500 with just 46 left to play.

“We just talked about some things which we do three-to-four times a year,” Bochy said. “We talked about the club and ways we can get better.”

Though Giants players weren’t involved in the meeting, they appeared to feel a sense of urgency at the plate as San Francisco tied a season-high with 13 runs and scored 10 in the first four innings.

With their backs up against the wall, the Giants leaned on their backstop to lead the charge against the Pirates. Though every starter had a hit by the fifth inning, catcher Buster Posey was the primary offensive catalyst as he recorded his second four-hit game of the season and extended an early lead with a two-run single in a four-run third inning.

The Giants carried an eight-run edge into the seventh, but the final innings were tense for both sides as Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli launched a grand slam off reliever Pierce Johnson to cut Pittsburgh’s deficit in half. In the bottom of the inning, former Giants reliever Kyle Crick hit Evan Longoria in the back with a fastball before brushing back Joe Panik with another four-seamer.

Longoria stayed in the game and scored, but exited in the top of the eighth and was replaced by Chase d’Arnaud. The Giants third baseman was visibly upset after taking a pitch to his back and several members of the roster voiced their displeasure with …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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