PITTSBURGH – After Giants player Gregor Blanco came off the field, the game took a dramatic, emotional and positively perfect break.
The Pittsburgh-born man kicked a gray street uniform on the plate, but received a 90-second ovation earned only by a hometown hero.
Andrew McCutchen beckoned to the audience with his helmet, soaking in the rejoicing and basking in the glow of a moment he had earned with nine memorable memories of seasons of contributions in a pirate uniform.
"I am humble and I appreciate it," said McCutchen. "I always have and will always do it, so that they can do what they did today, it will be with me from now on."
Pirate fans began the game on their feet and ended it There, as the club spoiled McCutchen's return to PNC Park By Crashing the Giants 1
The five-time All-Star and 2013 National League MVP still has a special place in the hearts of pirate fans as they yell at referee Chris Segal when he called McCutchen a third strike to finish his first at-bat ,
"It's a bit different," said McCutchen. "I think it was a strike, it's a bit different, it shows what this fanbase is about, you ride or die."
During McCutchen's first trip back to Pittsburgh after a January trade in Pirates' fans Packed home park, kept the constant fighting of the Giants in good mood until the end of the night. 19659002] After being swept away by the Phillies in a four-game series, the Giants fell below 50,000, dropping the series opener for their fifth consecutive defeat.
Rookie Andrew Suárez was the starter of the last Giants he fought during four raw innings against a Pirates team that has now won four consecutive times.
Suárez made two runs home in the first inning of Pirates Head Starter, but later escaped a jam in the background after running back-to-back thugs.
The Giants rewarded Suárez for two clean innings in the top of the quarter when Austin Jackson delivered a two-out single with the charged bases to bring the knot to 2 -2. Jackson lost to a fastball that narrowly missed the inside corner before moving into a right midfield field for his 10th and 11th RBIs of the year.
In the beginning of Jackson's at-bat, Pittsburgh's scoreboard flashed a graphic featuring a spray card of the midfielder's balls this season. Only five percent of Jackson's contact landed in the right field, but his game-binding single proved he has the ability to get the ball in the other direction.
Jackson's two-knock came against left-hander Steven Brault, who stepped in after the starter Jameson Taillon dropped back on his pitching hand with a finger injury.
The Giants marked Brault for a pair of runs, but a steady stream of Pirates reliefers limited San Francisco's offensive after him. The Pirates have recaptured the lead in the final round of fourth in an RBI triple by Jordy Mercer, who went down a double run home run from Jose Osuna.
"It's very frustrating," said Suárez. "You have these two runs back and I gave up three, so it's definitely shit."
Suárez was picked up after the fourth and became the fifth Giants starter to fail in the sixth inning. In the last five games, Giants have combined starting pitchers to throw just 22 innings and allowed 23 runs.
"It's starting to throw," said manager Bruce Bochy. "So you come to a roll or you have problems, usually what happens when the starters go through a small lane, and that's what happens with us right now."
The staff does not have nearly enough running support for the The Giants also remain competitive, since the hits are already eliminated 69 times since the beginning of the losing streak. Of the 182 record appearances the Giants have made since the start of their losing streak, 38 percent have ended up with outages.
"It's a matter of course," Bochy said. "We have trouble getting in touch, even productive, you would take that, we're in the lead as well, so we had five ugly losses here, we do not do much offense."
With five consecutive 11 strikeouts Games have the Giants the chance to make a franchise record from the May 1997 for the longest series of games with a double -digit strikeout total on Saturday
The club did not shun on Friday, however, not for the base runner. The Giants just could not get any real hits as they finish the night 2-for-16 with runners in the standings and 12 on the base.
"It's pretty obvious that we have not played our best baseball five games after leaving Atlanta," said McCutchen. "We came across a good Phillies team, their pitching was in full swing, their punches were on and the pirates arrived today, we have to show up tomorrow, be ready to go, and that's all you can do."
When Bochy emptied his bullpen, so did the pirates who used the relief of the former giant right-handers Kyle Crick and George Kontos. While McCutchen gave the 34,720 a reason to cheer with a double in the seventh inning during the game, Crick, who was handed out to the pirates in the January exchange, did as well.
Crick worked for a leadoff single and threw a goalless fifth while McCutchen withdrew accounts with the bases loaded in the eighth to retain the six lead of the pirates and take any remaining intrigue out of play.
Former pirate Tony Watson spent six plus seasons with Pittsburgh and also received a warm cheer when he reached eighth place on Friday. Because Watson did not compete against Philadelphia, he was one of the few Giants who did not contribute to the damage that was done during the four-game run.
But unfortunately, no giant is intact these days, so a launcher who entered With a 0.57 ERA, Max Moroff was run home three times before Bochy pulled him
"This must be regulated as an association", Bochy said. "It's up to us to get out of this, and we'll keep getting out of here, and you can not do more than that."