Giants vs. Pirates, MLB Schedule Preview: Ryan Vogelsong Gets First Win in Rubber Match at PNC Park

The San Francisco Giants are on a four-game losing streak, including a three-game sweep at the hands of the Atlanta Braves. On the plus side, they're taking on the Pittsburgh Pirates, a team who has been mostly inconsistent this season and it's a solid chance to get things back on the right track. For more on the series and the team in general, head over to McCovey Chronicles, SB Nation's San Francisco Giants blog. Also, don't forget to read our series recap for the previous series against the Braves.

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Giants vs. Pirates, MLB Series Recap: Giants Win Series Behind Call Up Ryan Vogelsong

The San Francisco Giants arrived at PNC Park in a bad way as they were riding a 4 game losing streak, But as usual, a trip to face the Pittsburgh Pirates usual yields some extra confidence upon leaving the Steel City. The G-Men took two out of three from the Pirates to get back to .500 at 12-12 for the season as they head to the Nation’s Capital to face the Nationals tomorrow.

Pitcher of the Series: Ryan Vogelsong: After bouncing back and fourth between organizations and minor league affiliates, Ryan Vogelsong may have finally found a home with the Giants, if only for a little while. Vogelsong got his first win in his first appearance in a Giants uniform in the regular season today going for 5.2 innings, allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, 2 walks, and 8 strikeouts. Barry Zito’s injury was unfortunate, but Vogelsong has become a nice story of the season so far for San Francisco.

Hitter of the Series: Aarom Rowand:
Aaron had himself a big day this morning going 2-5 with 3 RBI, including a 2 RBI double, RBI single, and a stolen bag, home plate. Row has been up and down all season so far, glad to see him have some good at bats.

Upcoming Schedule: The Giants are heading to Washington D.C. tomorrow to take on the Nationals in a 4 game set, starting with Tim Lincecum (2-2 2.70 ERA) taking on Jason Marquis (2-0 3.55 ERA) Friday Afternoon at 4:05 PT.

Series Review:
Tuesday: Giants 3, Pirates 2
WP: Sergio Romo (1-0)
LP: Joel Hanrahan (0-1)
S: Brian Wilson (7)

Wednesday: Giants 0, Pirates 2
WP: James McDonald (1-2)
LP: Madison Bumgarner (0-4)
S: Joel Hanrahan (7)

Thursday: Giants 5 Pirates 2
WP: Ryan Vogelsong (1-0)
LP: Jeff Karsten (2-1)
S: Brian Wilson (7)

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Giants vs. Pirates, MLB Schedule Preview: Ryan Vogelsong Gets His First Start in Rubber Match at PNC Park

After Madison Bumgarner got tagged for his fourth loss of the season yesterday, the San Francisco Giants are looking for something new. And what better than rolling out minor league call-up Ryan Vogelsong for his first Major League start of the season this morning in the rubber match with the Pittsburgh Pirates

Vogelsong (0-0 0.00 ERA) was called up when Barry Zito went down with his foot injury, and has made a couple of relief appearances to keep himself fresh. But now he is charged with the duty of getting the Giants a much needed win at PNC Park. Vogelsong will take on the Pirates righty Jeff Karsten (2-0 3.94 ERA) whose had a pretty nice start to his season. 

First pitch is set for 9:35 this morning (yes this morning) and can be seen on CSN Bay Area and heard on KNBR 680 AM. Don't forget to set your DVR or turn on the radio at work to catch all the action.

For more discussion and analysis of everything Giants, head over to McCovey Chronicles to get in on the action. 

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Giants vs. Pirates, MLB Scores: Madison Bumgarner Pitches Well, Still Winless As Giants Shutout 2-0

With runners on first and second with one out, Miguel Tejada hit into yet another double play and the San Francisco Giants' rally hopes were crushed in game two of a three-game set against the Pittsburgh Pirates, losing 2-0. Pablo Sandoval drew a walk and then Cody Ross hit a single to centerfield, but that's where it ended. A Pat Burrell flyout and patented double play ball from Tejada put the series at a game apiece.

Madison Bumgarner broke down early in the second inning, giving up a single to Neil Walker, a double to Steve Pearce, and then  a single to Chris Snyder. He'd recover and get out of the jam with two strikeouts to end the inning, but the damage was done. He ended up going six innings, giving up five hits and the one run, while walking one (intentional) and striking out seven. Still, despite the relatively solid outing, the Giants are shutout and Bumgarner is handed his fourth loss and is still without a win on the season.

Jason McDonald got his first win of the year, throwing six innings and giving up four hits while walking four and fanning three. The Giants just could not hit this guy, who came into the game with a miserable earned run average. The Pirates would cycle through their pitchers, and eventually give up six hits overall, but no runs in the end. Dan Runzler yielded the Pirates' second score, when Jose Tabata singled off of Guillermo Mota to score Brandon Wood, who initially reached as one of two hits that Runzler allowed. 

For some positives, Cody Ross went 2-for-3 with two singles on the day, and players like Pablo Sandoval and Pat Burrell did have some good looking at-bats when it all came down to it. Still, they stranded too many and couldn't get anything done against a struggling pitcher. In the end, two pitchers came into this game sorely needing a win and both of them played like it, McDonald was just better.

Trying something new today, going to leave the notes I made for every at-bat during the game in the post instead of just using them to build the recap. On Thursday, Ryan Vogelsong will get his first start and that game will begin at 9:30 a.m.

First Inning

Aaron Rowand - Pops out to second base
Freddy Sanchez - Strikes out swinging
Aubrey Huff - Singles on line drive to right field
Buster Posey - Lines out to shortstop

Andrew McCutchen - Strikes out swinging
Jose Tabata - Grounds out to SS
Matt Diaz - Strikes out swinging

Jason McDonald - 1 H, 1 K
Madison Bumgarner - 2 K

Second Inning

Pablo Sandoval - Pops out to SS
Pat Burell - Singles on line drive to left field
Cody Ross - Takes a five-pitch walk
Miguel Tejada - Grounds out,m advances the runners
Madison Bumgarner - Grounds out to SS

Neil Walker - Singles to P, Bumgarner drops it, should have been an error
Steve Pearce - Doubles to right field, Walker advances to third
Chris Snyder - Singles to centerfield, Walker scores, Pearce holds at second
Pedro Alvarez - Strikes out swinging on three pitches
Brandon Wood - Flies out to right field, eight pitch at-bat
Jason McDonald - Strikes out

Jason McDonald - 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K
Madison Bumgarner - 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 K

Third Inning

Aaron Rowand - Walks on five pitches
Freddy Sanchez - Flies out to right field
Aubrey Huff - Pops out to third base, catch is made over dugout
Buster Posey - Flies out to right field

Andrew McCutchen - Lines out to 2B, Sanchez makes a great running catch
Jose Tabata - Strikes out swinging
Matt Diaz - Grounds out to 3B

Jason McDonald - 2 H, 2 BB, 1 K
Madison Bumgarner - 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 K

Fourth Inning

Pablo Sandoval - Pops out to SS
Pat Burrell - Walks on eight pitches
Cody Ross - Hits into a double play

Neil Walker - Singles to 2B, Sanchez gives good effort, can't make the play
Steve Pearce - Singles on line drive to LF, Walker advances
Chris Snyder - Grounds out to 3B, Sandoval bobbles it and runners advance
Pedro Alvarez - Strikes out swinging
Brandon Wood - Intentional walk
Jason McDonald - Called out on strikes

Jason McDonald - 2 H, 3 BB, 1K
Madison Bumgarner - 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Fifth Inning

Miguel Tejada - Walks on five pitches
Madison Bumgarner - Sac bunts Tejada to second base
Aaron Rowand - Strikes out swinging
Freddy Sanchez - Grounds out to SS

Andrew McCutchen - Flies out to RF
Jose Tabata - Grounds out to 3B
Matt Diaz - Grounds out to 1B

Jason McDonald - 2 H, 4 BB, 2 K
Madison Bumgarner - 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Sixth Inning

Aubrey Huff - Grounds out to 2B
Buster Posey - Strikes out swinging
Pablo Sandoval - Singles to 2B
Pat Burrell - Flies out to LF after working to 3-0

Neil Walker - Grounds out to SS
Steve Pearce - Flies out to RF
Chris Snyder - Grounds out to 3B, great play by Sandoval to get the backhand stop

Jason McDonald - 3 H, 4 BB, 3 K
Madison Bumgarner - Left after this inning, Schierholtz pinch hitting, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7K 

Seventh Inning

Cody Ross - Singles to right field over leaping second baseman on eight pitch at-bat, caught stealing second
Miguel Tejada - Singles to left field, advances to second on balk from Resop
Nate Schierholtz - Flies out to CF
Aaron Rowand - Strikes out swinging

Pedro Alvarez - Singles to 3B on first pitch
Brandon Wood - Singles to right field with a seven pitch at-bat
Lyle Overbay - Reaches on fielder's choice , force-out, with a bunt, advances Wood, Alvarez out at 3B
Andrew McCutchen - Strikes out swinging
Jose Tabata - Singles with line drive to right field, scores Wood
Garrett Jones - Strikes out swinging

James McDonald - Pulled after Ross single, 6 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 3 K
Michael Crotta - .1 IP, 1 H
Joe Beimel - .1 IP
Chris Resop - .1 IP, 1 K
Dan Runzler - .1 IP, 2 H
Guillermo Mota - .2 IP, 1 H, 2 K

Eighth Inning

Freddy Sanchez - Lines out to RF
Aubrey Huff - Lines out to CF
Buster Posey - Grounds out to P

Neil Walker - Strikes out swinging
John Bowker - Flies out to CF
Pedro Alvarez - Grounds out to 3B

Chris Resop -  Pulled after eigth, Bowker pinch hits, 1.1 IP, 1 K
Guillermo Mota - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 3 K

Ninth Inning

Pablo Sandoval - Walks
Pat Burrell - Flies out to 2B
Cody Ross - Singles to CF, advances Sandoval to second
Miguel Tejada - Hit into a double play

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Giants vs. Pirates, MLB Schedule Preview: Giants Look to Keep It Rolling at PNC Park

After the San Francisco Giants rallied to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates yesterday to stop their 4 game losing streak, there’s really isn’t much to do but keep the good times rolling. They’ll have their opportunity today as they square off with the Pirates for the second of their three game set at PNC Park.

Madison Bumgarner (0-3 7.79 ERA) is looking to right the ship that is his season as he faces the Pirates’ James McDonald (0-2 10.13 ERA), looking to do the same. Bummy has a 10/9 BB to K ratio is his 17.1 innings of work in his 4 starts so far, and has been showing his ornery side out there early in the game, getting exasperated at the calls he’s getting. Hopefully he can settle down and get the Giants rolling again this afternoon.

The Giants offense is also looking to actually make an appearance today as well after all their runs yesterday came on sacrifice hits and errors. The G-Men’s .242 batting average is currently ranked 20th in the MLB, and will need to improve, especially on this road trip.

First pitch is set for 4:05 PT and can be seen on CSN Bay Area and heard on KNBR 680 AM.

For more discussion and analysis of everything Giants, head over to McCovey Chronicles to get in on the action.

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Giants vs. Pirates MLB Scores: Darren Ford Lifts San Francisco to 3-2 Win

It was thanks to Darren Ford and his speedy baserunning to give the San Francisco Giants their first win in five games, snapping a four-game losing streak as they beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 in the tenth inning. In extra innings, Nate Schierholtz doubled and Ford came up to bat, bunting to the right side, and they threw Schierhotlz out at third base. Then, Joel Hanarahan made a throwing error at first attempting to pick him off, and he took advantage by making it all the way around to third base, showcasing extreme speed and heads-up play. Freddy Sanchez came up next, ground out and Ford's speed proved effective again, as it was an infield groundout that most players would not have been able to score on.

Brian Wilson came in the ninth and shut the Pirates down, earning the save and securing the Giants victory. Matt Cain started things off a little shaky, at least in the second inning. Garrett Jones slammed a homerun off of him right after getting a friendly call from the ump on what probably should have been a strike three. Still, Cain pitched six innings, giving up four hits and two runs, while striking out six.

The second run came in the sixth when Matt Diaz was walked, stole second base, and then was brought home by Lyle Overbay on a single. This came right after the Giants had tied the game at one-all in the sixth, when Aaron Rowand hit a leadoff double and was eventually brought home on a sacrifice fly from Aubrey Huff. San Francisco would tie it again in the eighth where Ford as a pinch runner was able to round the bases after a Freddy Sanchez single and a Buster Posey flyout to center field.

Sergio Romo gets the win for the Giants, and Wilson gets the save. Hanrahan gets the loss for the Pirates. The Giants will be sending out Madison Bumgarner in game two, while the Pirates will send James McDonald to the mound.

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