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Pirates' four-run first does it in Giants' 4-1 loss If it was not for the first inning, it was a second fantastic outing in a row for Madison Bumgarner. Unfortunately, Bumgarner gave up four runs on four hits and the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the San Francisco Giants 4-1 at PNC Park.

Lyles, Marte, González Hurt in Pirates' Win Over Giants PITTSBURGH - Jordan Lyles cruised through six innings before taking a line drive off his pitching hand, Starling Marte and Erik González were also pulled following a collision in the field, and the short-handed Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Francisco Giants 4-1 Friday night.

Giants lose first inning, game Gonzalez's shoulder went directly into Marte's collarbones and neck, and the two fell to the ground where they stayed for many, many minutes. Eventually Gonzalez got up and walked off the field, but Marte took a few minutes longer, before standing up and getting carted off.

Giants loss reveals what’s changed, what remains the same from 2014 wild-card game PITTSBURGH - When Madison Bumgarner tossed a complete game shutout to lead the Giants past the Pirates in the 2014 National League Wildcard Game, four of his teammates in Friday's starting lineup were on the field with him. The Giants' continuity is stunning, impressive and at the moment, a major problem.

Khris Davis signs an extension with the A’s It's extension season, and the Oakland Athletics are getting in on the fun, as they agreed to a two-year extension with slugger Khris Davis. The deal begins next year, which would have been Davis' first year of free agency. The deal is structured to perfectly split the money owed, so Davis will receive $16.75 million each year.

Giants expect Mark Melancon to close again, Will Smith to retain job for now The Giants will consider Mark Melancon to pitch in save situations after the right-hander’s impressive start to the season.

San Francisco Giants: 5 keys to success in 2020 The San Francisco Giants will be hard-pressed to contend in 2019, but they can still work to improve their chances in 2020.

The Giants don’t have a good option for hitting leadoff, so let Belt do it Swapping around the batting order isn't going to suddenly turn this team into an offensive juggernaut, but getting the best hitters more at bats should help score more runs, and this team needs all the runs it can get.

Game 21 Preview: The Giants Visit Steeltown for Three Games The San Francisco Giants embark on a three-game series in Pittsburgh.

San Francisco Giants podcast with Michael Duca: Giants struggle with Nats; Hope to turn it around in Pittsburgh Photo from msnsports.com: Washington Nationals Wilmer Difo takes San Francisco Giants pitcher Drew Pomeranz deep in the fourth inning for his first home run of the season at Nationals Park in Washington DC. On the SF Giants podcast with Miguel:. #1 The Giants dropped two out of three to the Washington Nationals.

San Francisco Giants: Will Joe Panik ever return to form offensively? However, the results are still not there for the San Francisco Giants s…

Series preview: The Pirates are the best team in the NL Central? 34-year old switch hitting outfielder Melky Cabrera. Of the San Francisco Melk Men? The same Melky Cabrera who was the Giants' second-best hitter in 2012, an All-Star, and a dude who got busted for PEDs and exacerbated the situation by creating a false website in an attempt to create a plausible cover story for his actions.

Friday BP, 4/19/19 It's been one week since the Giants played the Rockies for 18 god-forsaken innings of baseball. If I sound bitter, it's because I still haven't caught up on sleep. But I'm not the only one who was bitter about that game, and I'm not talking about the team that lost.

Writer’s Roundtable: Who will lead the 2019 Giants in home runs? With that in mind, this week's roundtable question was simple and to the point: "Who will lead the 2019 Giants in home runs?" These five writers made up our roundtable panel:. Let's dive right into the answers:. It almost process of elimination here and Belt's main opponent will actually be his own health.

Stop yelling at officials? A sports fan’s vow to do just that Why is it still socially acceptable in today’s world to scream at umpires and referees?

Giants back to the skids, lose 4-2 to the Nats After a promising start to this road trip, the Giants are back to a way of losing that has gripped them over the past year. They surprised the Washington Nationals in the series opener on Tuesday, but were bombed out of Nationals Park on Wednesday and came out flat again on Thursday, losing by a count of 4-2 to drop the three-game series.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. San Francisco Giants - 4/19/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction The San Francisco Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet in game one of their three game set from PNC Park in MLB action on Friday night. The San Francisco Giants will look to rebound after dropping the finale of their series with Washington by a final score of 4-2 on Thursday.

Understanding baseball analytics is easier than ever before If you're looking for a little bit more, because it's an off day and you're bored or because your favorite team is really bad and is likely to be really bad for a couple more years, then definitely take some time to familiarize yourself with MLB.com's Baseball Savant, which houses all publicly available Statcast data.

San Francisco Giants' Brandon Belt Breaks Out When Belt hits a groundball, it tends to get eaten up by the shift and turn into an out. This season, despite an excellent overall hitting line, Belt is two for twelve on grounders, and both of those hits are singles. Belt makes his money on line drives and fly balls, or in numeric terms, on hits with a launch angle between 15 and 30 degrees.

Location, Location, Location The Giants have yet to score in the first inning through the first twenty games of the season. After today's 4-2 loss they are 8-12.

Giants-Pirates preview: Brandon Belt's strike zone stirs controversy again Brandon Belt was ejected Thursday for arguing balls and strikes. Does he have a point? Or should the Giants first baseman do more to protect the zone?

Bochy, Belt Ejected As Giants Lose In Finale To Nationals WASHINGTON - Patrick Corbin took a one-hitter into the eighth inning to earn his first win with Washington, Wilmer Difo homered and the Nationals beat the punchless San Francisco Giants 4-2 Thursday.

Patrick Corbin earns first wins as Washington Nationals beat San Francisco Giants - TSN.ca WASHINGTON - Now this is what the Washington Nationals were looking for when they plunked down $140 million to add Patrick Corbin to the rotation.

Giants drop the rubber match. Again. The Giants' only hope against him was that they could force him to throw a lot of pitches, and get to the wreckage of the Nationals bullpen, but they couldn't even do that. Through the first five innings, Corbin had only thrown 60 pitches. At that point, they were more likely to get Madduxed than to get Trevor Rosenthal into the game.

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