Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Andrew McCutchen's return to Pittsburgh was awesome

Andrew McCutchen's return to Pittsburgh was awesome

They started off with a four-game series against the Philadelphia Phillies and are now two games into a series with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Taillon owns a subpar 4.50 ERA in his three home starts, and the over is 10-4 in the Giants' last 14 games.

Crick worked around a leadoff single and pitched a scoreless fifth while Kontos retired McCutchen with the bases loaded in the eighth to preserve the Pirates' six-run lead and take any remaining intrigue out of the game. His game-tying blast to right field marked his fourth of the year for the Giants.

The five-time All-Star and 2013 National League MVP still holds a special place in the hearts of Pirates fans, as they roared at umpire Chris Segal when he rung McCutchen up on a called third strike to end his first at-bat.

Gregory Polanco planted the ball just over the wall in right-center, his eighth homer, with one out in the third for a 3-3 tie.

"That's what it's all about", Holland said. Suarez was stellar in his previous start, limiting the Braves to one run in five innings, leading to his first win of the season.

Samardzija allowed five runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings as his ERA rose to 6.94.

"That was his best command of the year in terms of his ability to use it all", Hundley said.


Former Pirates star Andrew McCutchen went 2 for 5 to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. "Part of me needs to be positive in this game but we'll keep that to myself and it is what it is. I did a good job, though, of keeping them from scoring".

Andrew McCutchen left after 2017 as the 10th-ranked player in Pirates history in bWAR for position players and 4th in organization history in home runs. With two outs in the inning, Pablo Sandoval crushed a Nova heater to center field, but Starling Marte raced in and made a tremendous catch to pluck the sinking liner out of the air before it fell to the grass.

San Francisco Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco is not in Sunday's lineup versus the Pittsburgh Pirates.

McCutchen has been one of the Giants' best hitters recently, but unfortunately it was not enough to lead his team to victory in either of the first two games against the Pirates. In the bottom of the third inning, Jose Osuna slugged a one-out double off the left field wall that almost left the yard, but Holland followed it up by inducing a groundball to Crawford at shortstop who promptly threw an eager Osuna out while he was trying to take third base.

"That's got to be a first for me", Watson said.

Despite the ominous start, the Giants forced their way back into the game in the top of the second when Longoria slammed the first pitch of the inning over the left field wall. The trip has actually been something of a nightmare for the Giants.

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