PITTSBURGH — The boys Andrew McCutchen used to name his teammates wished to verify he would have his second. So when McCutchen, now with the San Francisco Giants, stepped out of the batter’s field on Friday evening to acknowledge the standing ovation at PNC Park in his first sport again since being traded in January, the Pittsburgh Pirates clapped proper alongside.
Then McCutchen put his helmet on, dug in and went again to work. The Pirates did, too. Six pitches later McCutchen was headed again to the dugout after hanging out wanting, and Pittsburgh set about showcasing that the franchise stays very a lot alive, even with out the participant most significant to its turnaround.
“We can’t just dwell on the past and wish he was here the whole time,” Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer stated. “It’s time to move on.”
That is simpler to do if you’re hitting the ball all around the yard.
McCutchen, who performed his first 9 seasons in Pittsburgh earlier than being shipped to the Giants 4 months in the past, let the outpouring from the biggest crowd to look at a Pirates house sport this season pour over him when he got here to bat within the first inning. He completed 1-for-5 with a double and threw out Pittsburgh’s Colin Moran at house to finish the sixth inning whereas being cheered each time he got here to bat or made a play within the area.
“I don’t think there was anything normal about it,” McCutchen stated concerning the response. “You try to make it as normal as possible, but you’re playing against guys you played with for a long time, and that’s not normal. I tried my best not to think about it, but I think they had the advantage over me. I was trying to ride through it. I did my best.”
Steven Brault (Three-1) picked up the win in aid after Pittsburgh starter Jameson Taillon left after three innings with a laceration on his proper hand. Mercer went Three-for-Four and scored twice for the Pirates, who’ve received 5 of six video games.
San Francisco rookie Andrew Suarez (1-2) lasted simply 4 innings in his fourth profession begin, giving up 5 runs on seven hits, together with house runs to Marte within the first and Osuna within the fourth. Austin Jackson‘s two-run double off Brault within the fourth briefly tied the sport at 2, however Suarez struggled within the backside of the inning because the Giants dropped their fifth straight.
“[The key] is starting pitching,” San Francisco supervisor Bruce Bochy stated. “That’s how you get on a roll, good starting pitching. If you’re struggling, it’s usually because your starters are in a little rut, and that’s what’s happening with us right now.”
The Giants went 2-for-16 with runners in scoring place and struck out 14 occasions. San Francisco has fanned 68 occasions throughout its five-game slide.
“We’re having a hard time making contact or even getting a productive out,” Bochy stated. “That’s why we have had five ugly losses. We’re not doing anything offensively, the [opposing] pitchers are on top of their games, and that’s why we’re in the little streak that we’re on right now.”
Pittsburgh is off to a strong begin within the aggressive NL Central regardless of a roster makeover that included sending McCutchen — the 2013 NL MVP — west in change for reliever Kyle Crick, outfield prospect Bryan Reynolds and worldwide bonus slot cash.
Basic supervisor Neal Huntington described the choice to commerce McCutchen as robust however obligatory.
Marte, McCutchen’s substitute in middle, drilled a two-run shot off Suarez within the first. Osuna added a pinch-hit homer to left area within the fifth to place the Pirates up 5-2, and Pittsburgh poured it on from there.
“I answered a lot of questions over the winter about where the power is going to come from,” Pittsburgh supervisor Clint Hurdle stated. “The power is coming from a lot of different places.”
Attendance was introduced at 34,720, and lots of followers confirmed their appreciation for McCutchen by carrying his No. 22 jersey.
Giants: OF Mac Williamson (concussion) stays out indefinitely. Bochy stated will probably be a minimum of one other week earlier than Williamson is cleared to exit the concussion protocol program. Williamson hasn’t performed since he was injured on April 24. … Bochy stated OF Hunter Pence‘s strained proper thumb is “doing better.”
Giants: Jeff Samardzija (1-2, 6.62 ERA) will attempt to bounce again Saturday after getting drilled in an 11-Zero loss to Philadelphia final Monday. Samardzija is 6-Four with a 2.80 ERA in his profession in opposition to Pittsburgh.
Pirates: Chad Kuhl (Four-2, Four.12) is Three-1 in his final 4 begins and tied a profession excessive with eight strikeouts in a victory over Milwaukee final Sunday.