MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Pittsburgh0 2 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 692
San Francisco0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 332
  W: M. Feliz (3-4)   L: L. Webb (1-2)   S: F. Vázquez (27)
6:45 PM PT7:45 PM MT8:45 PM CT9:45 PM ET21:45 ET1:45 GMT9:45 6:45 PM MST8:45 PM EST9:15 PM VEN5:45 UAE (+1)8:45 PM CT, September 11, 2019
Oracle Park, San Francisco, California  Attendance: 26,627

Bullpens in spotlight as Giants, Pirates meet

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Pittsburgh Pirates at San Francisco Giants

  1. The Pirates are 32-29 at Oracle Park, the only NL team with a winning record at Oracle Park all-time. In three games this season, the teams have combined for just 14 runs with neither team scoring more than four.
  2. The Pirates have won four straight road games and seven of the last 10 overall. They had won just two of their previous 17 road games dating back to June 29.
  3. The Giants took two of three games at the Dodgers despite putting up just six runs in the series. They were shutout on Sunday for the fifth time since August 1 -- only the Marlins have been shutout more in that span (six).
  4. Kevin Newman is hitting .361 on the road this season, best by any rookie since Hall of Famer Charlie Keller hit .372 in 1939 (minimum 200 PA). Newman currently has a 14-game road hit streak, the third-longest active streak in the majors behind Whit Merrifield (16) and teammate Colin Moran (15).
  5. Mike Yastrzemski has collected 51 RBI and plated 53 runs this season in 90 games. The last three Giants players with 50+ RBI and 50+ runs through 90 career games were Hall of Famers Willie McCovey (1959-60), Orlando Cepeda (1958) and Willie Mays (1951).
  6. Madison Bumgarner is 5-1 with a 2.17 ERA at home since May 1, fifth-best in MLB (minimum 60 innings). The Giants have won Bumgarner's last nine home starts, the longest single-season streak by a Giant since Shawn Estes in 1997 (12 straight).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/9/2019 thru 9/12/2019

Two teams with serious bullpen issues -- one on the field, the other off the field -- meet for the third time in a four-game series on Wednesday night as the San Francisco Giants go for a second straight win against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Pirates used a four-run ninth inning to overcome the Giants 6-4 in the series opener Monday before coming up a run short despite a four-run eighth in a 5-4 loss Tuesday.

The Giants didn't have All-Star closer Will Smith available on either night because of back tightness, whereas the Pirates got a save from their two-time All-Star, Felipe Vazquez, just hours after he'd gotten into a fight with teammate Kyle Crick on Monday.

Vazquez was fined, but not suspended, in the wake of the incident, during which Krick ruptured a tendon in his right index finger. Krick underwent season-ending surgery Tuesday.

"The behavior exhibited by these two players (Monday) night is unacceptable, inconsistent with the standards expected of a major league player," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington scripted in a release that was made available to the media Tuesday, "and will not be tolerated by the organization."

Even without Krick, the Pittsburgh bullpen has been near-perfect in the series. Four relievers, including Vazquez, combined for 3 1/3 innings of one-hit, no-run ball to aid in Monday's comeback. Vazquez threw a 1-2-3 ninth, featuring two strikeouts.

Two relievers made Tuesday's comeback bid possible with a combined three perfect innings.

The Giants, meanwhile, couldn't hold a two-run lead for Madison Bumgarner on Monday, then nearly lost all of a 5-0 advantage handed the bullpen by Johnny Cueto in the rematch.

San Francisco needed former starter Shaun Anderson to get the final four outs on Tuesday. He was successful, allowing just one baserunner, on a walk, en route to his first career save.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy hopes to have Smith back by the end of the series Thursday.

"I'd put him at day-to-day," the veteran skipper told reporters. "He's still pretty tight. He tried to throw (Tuesday), and he just couldn't go. We'll re-evaluate him (Wednesday). Meanwhile, we'll try to piece this thing together and see if we can get through it."

After Bumgarner and Cueto combined to give up just two runs and seven hits in 12 innings in the first two games of the series, the San Francisco bullpen has been bombed for 10 hits and eight runs (seven earned) in just six innings.

Giants rookie Logan Webb (1-1, 6.50 ERA) will be seeking his first home win in just his second home start Wednesday.

The 22-year-old pitched well in his only previous outing at Oracle Park, limiting the San Diego Padres to one run in 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision on Aug. 31. The Giants lost the game 4-1.

Webb has never faced the Pirates.

Pittsburgh will counter with a rookie of its own, right-hander Dario Agrazal (4-4, 4.94 ERA).

He won two of his past three starts, including a road effort at Colorado in which he held the Rockies to three runs in five-plus innings in a 9-4 victory.

The 24-year-old will be pitching against the Giants for the first time in his career.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 11, 2019

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