Logan Webb’s outstanding performance paved the way to the San Francisco Giants 2-0 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates at Oracle Park on Saturday night.
Webb breezed through seven innings and escaped a jam in the eighth by striking out Ben Gamel with the bases loaded and two outs.
Over his eight innings, Webb limited the Pirates to just five hits — three singles and two doubles. The Giants right-hander picked up nine strikeouts and notched his 11th win of the season, matching his career-high set last year.
The Giants began the game with back-to-back doubles off of Pirates right-hander Tyler Beede and quickly jumped out to a 1-0 lead.
They extended their led in the third when Lamonte Wade Jr. hit a solo shot to right field. Wade recorded two hits and scored both of the Giants’ runs.
Beede again started a bullpen game for Pittsburgh and gave the Pirates three innings against his former team. He allowed two runs on three hits and three walks with Efficiency was an issue for the right-hander as he threw 75 pitches, 39 for strikes.
Pittsburgh out-hit the Giants 5-4, but the Bucs went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position and couldn’t push across a run.
Camilo Doval picked up his 17th save of the season and his second in as many games.
The Pirates will look to avoid the sweep on Sunday afternoon. It’ll be up to Zach Thompson (3-9, 5.08), who will pitch for the Pirates. The Bucs will face veteran lefty Alex Wood (9-9, 4.17 ERA).
- Young Dolph: Rodolfo Castro continued his hot stretch at the plate by recording two more hits, including a double. Since being recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier this month, Castro has recorded three two-hit games in five contests. In those five games, Castro is batting .375 (6 for 16) with three doubles, and a home run. Castro has raised his season OPS near the .700 mark.
- Greg’s Four-Gamer: With an infield single with two outs in the seventh inning, Greg Allen increased his hitting streak to a season-high four games. Over that span, Allen is 5 for 14 (.357) with a double and his first home run of the season on Friday night. He was on base twice on Saturday as he drew a walk in the ninth inning and added a stolen base. After a slow start to the season, Allen is starting to improve his play at the plate after returning from his hamstring injury.
- Bullpen’s Big Night: After Beede, the Pirates used three relievers — Eric Stout, Duane Underwood Jr. and Chase De Jong. The trio combined to pitch five scoreless innings and allow just a single hit. All three relievers had three strikeouts.