San Francisco poured it on early and often, jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning, extending that lead to 7-1 in the 3rd, and substantially lengthening it again in the 4th to 10-2.
However, Pittsburgh’s bats didn’t give up. They chipped away at the lead, bringing the score to 11-7 in the top of the 7th inning, and then 12-9 in the top of the 8th.
Unfortunately, the damage inflected on Clay Holmes and Casey Sadler was too great and the Pirates were unable to overcome the deficit, eventually falling to the Giants, 13-10.
The two teams put on a hitting display, pounding out 33 combined hits. Every spot in San Francisco’s lineup recorded at least one hit in the game, while the same held true for Pittsburgh’s lineup with exception of the pitcher’s spot.
Here’s what those hits looked like when translated into the game’s scoring:
The Giants struck in the 1st inning when Andrew McCutchen led off with a home run to right field. Austin Slater delivered an RBI single to right after Posey had reached on a single and Crawford had walked. Alen Hanson brought Crawford home to score with a single of his own to finalize the run production for the frame.
Pittsburgh was able to push a run across of their own in the 2nd inning when Freese led off with a double, advanced to third on a Josh Bell single, and eventually scored on a single from Jordy Mercer.
San Francisco continued the offensive attack when Clay Holmes loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the 3rd for Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen worked a walk, bringing Slater in to score. Buster Posey inflicted more damage with he plated Panik and Holland with an RBI single to left.
Holmes was yanked for Sadler after that base hit. Casey didn’t fare much better as Evan Longoria singled on the first pitch he saw, bringing McCutchen in to score the fourth run of the frame.
The Pirates strung together a couple of base hits in the 4th inning to produce a run when Jordy Mercer doubled in Cervelli, but San Francisco poured it on again in the bottom half of the inning.
Hansen, Panik, and Duggar hit a single and two doubles to lead off the frame with a quick two runs before Buster Posey delivered another RBI single later in the inning.
Pittsburgh pushed another run across in the 5th inning after Dickerson singled, advanced to second on a passed ball and eventually scored on a single by Freese.
But, the Giant’s had no interest in slowing down. Crawford led the inning off with a double and later scored on Alan Hanson’s RBI ground out.
An anomaly occurred in the 6th inning where neither team produced a run.
Pittsburgh’s offense finally exploded in the 7th inning when Luplow, Frazier, and Moran loaded the bases for a Francisco Cervelli grand slam to left center. The Pirates were able to score two more runs in the 8th inning, in large part to an inconceivable Colin Moran triple. And finally, Pittsburgh pushed one more across in the 9th courtesy of a Hechavarria home run.
Meanwhile, the faucet that was the Giant’s offense remained cracked in the ‘open’ position as they scored one run in each of the 7th and 8th innings.
Final Score: Giants 13, Pirates 10
W: Holland (6-8) L: Holmes (1-2)
Pittsburgh will go again on Saturday night at 9:05pm EDT as they send Trevor Williams to the hill to face Ty Blach.