A pair of defensive miscues paved the way for a three-run seventh inning for the San Francisco Giants, who defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-4 at PNC Park on Friday night.
After Wilmer Flores began the seventh with a double and J.D. Davis later drew a walk, both runners advanced 90 feet on an Austin Hedges passed ball. Patrick Bailey singled to right field, plating a run and tying the game 4-4. After Henry Davis misplayed the base hit, the Giants were able to score another run and take the lead.
To cap off the inning, Joc Pederson singled the other way off of left-hander Ryan Borucki to give San Francisco an insurance run.
San Francisco jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning when Michael Conforto drove in a pair with a single to right field.
For the Pirates, Ji-Man Choi homered for the second time in as many games with a solo shot to dead center in the fifth. He later drove in a run with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to right.
Hedges’ passed ball and Davis’ error in right field opened the door for San Francisco to jump out in front in the seventh inning after the Pirates took the lead in the bottom of the sixth.
Star of the Game
With another hit, Choi has recorded hits in each of his last three games played. He’s also driven in four runs for the Pirates over his last two games.
Stat of Interest
After giving up three runs (two earned) while recording just a single out in the seventh, Colin Holderman (0-2) has an ERA of 10.56 over his last nine appearances. This comes on the heels of 10-straight scoreless outings from Apr. 29-June 2.
- Jared Triolo extended his hitting streak to seven games with an opposite-field single in the fifth. In the fourth, Davis snapped an 0-for-16 skid at the plate with a base hit to center. He finished the night with two hits.
- Tucupita Marcano finished the night 2 for 2 and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.
- Rich Hill turned in a quality start for the Pirates after going six innings and allowing three runs. This was the 20th time Hill has faced the Giants in his career, and is 8-3 with a 2.82 ERA.
- The Pirates signed four of their draft picks on Friday — INF Mitch Jebb (second round), RHP Carlson Reed (fourth round), RHP Patrick Reilly (fifth round) and RHP Landon Tompkins (1oth round).
The Pirates (41-50) and Giants (50-41) will continue their three-game series on Saturday night. It’ll be a battle of the right-handers as Johan Oviedo (3-10, 4.75 ERA) squares off with Alex Cobb (6-2, 2.91 ERA). First pitch: 7:05.