Giants blow out Pirates in a forgettable night at PNC Park
- Tuesdays game between the San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates took almost 4 hours to complete. The 27,729 fans in attendance dwindled in the top of the fourth when the Giants would score 7 runs. Former Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto faced 26 batters and delivered 6.2 innings of solid pitching. His quality start improved his personal record to (11-1) for the season. The Pirates sent rookie Wilfredo Boscan, fresh form AAA, to the hill where he had 3 scoreless innings of work until he found himself in major trouble in the 4th. He didn’t make it out of the inning and his record fell to (1-1). The Giants would produce 22 hits and dominate the game. Denard Span went 3 for 6 and Gregor Blanco 3 for 4 and walked twice. Connor Gillaspie had four hits in five plate appearances. Both him and Angel Pagan had 4 RBI’s. Span had 3 RBI’s as well. For the Pirates, Gregory Polanco and David Freese had multiple hits.
- Kratz pitches scoreless inning
One night after hitting a home run to win the game for the Pirates, catcher Erik Kratz took the mound in the 9th inning. He would allow two hits but would get out of the inning unscathed. Fans gave him an ovation The crowd was rather enthusiastic for a blow out and the Pirates were able to string together a few funs in the last portion of the ball game. With two games remaining of this four game series, both teams look for more consistency. Erik Kratz went 0 for 2 last night and his batting average went down to .050
- Marte continues to get on base while Cutch struggles
Starling Marte is hitting .331 and last night he was able to draw a walk last night in 3 plate appearances. Marte has 83 hits this season and has been the most consistent hitter on the Pirates all year long. Andrew McCutchen went 0 for 3 with 3 strikeouts. The star player is trying to find himself at the plate but has not looked overwhelmed. Heading into the last two games of the series, the Pirates need McCutchen to find his groove. The team has now lost 11 of 13 and 18 of their past 24. They are 3 games under .500
- Penguins schedule announced
The Penguins open up their defending championship season at home against the Washington Capitals. The October 13th banner raising will take place in front of Alex Ovechkin. The Capitals will be one of the top teams in the East next season and watching the banner drop might be the extra motivation Ovechkin needs to get himself into the finals. The Caps window to win the cup has to be closing soon and Ovechkin will be feeling the pressure perhaps this season more than ever. Now that Sidney Crosby has two cups, Ovechkin has to win a cup as soon as possible to be even considered in the same class as Crosby. The two have been compared their entire career. While Ovechkin has always been more of a goal scorer and flash, Crosby has dominated defensively and has always found himself on the stat sheet. The Stanley Cups make the difference and Crosby is up 2-0 now on Ovie. The opener should be interesting to say the least.
Thursday October 20th, San Jose comes to town. The Pens defeated the Sharks to win the Stanley Cup.
Bye week January 1st-7th. Each team gets a bye week this year and the Pens comes at the beginning of January.
Sat. Feb 25th: Flyers @Penguins meet in the outdoor game at Heinz Field.
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