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Lysowski: McCutchen one of 'forefathers' for young Pirates

Lysowski: McCutchen one of 'forefathers' for young Pirates

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Gorkys Hernandez homered off Ivan Nova to spark a five-run sixth inning, Nick Hundley added a three-run drive and the San Francisco Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0 Sunday to stop a season-high six game-losing streak. The Giants have an over/under record of 19-18. McCutchen told reporters earlier in the day he got emotional when he ran into a Pirates videographer heading into the clubhouse.

Under is 6-2 in San Francisco last 8 vs. Taillon has 30 punchouts and 11 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.28. The Pittsburgh pitching has been average, posting a 4.20 team ERA, placing them 16th overall. Taillon only made one start against the Giants in 2017 (0-1, 27.00 ERA across three innings). Austin Jackson's two-run double in the fourth briefly tied the game at 2, but Suarez struggled in the bottom of the inning as the Giants dropped their fifth straight.

6-1 in Taillon's last 7 starts on five days of rest.

McCutchen, a five-time All-Star who played his first nine seasons in Pittsburgh before being traded to the Giants in January, received an extended ovation from the largest crowd to watch a Pirates home game this season when he came to bat in the second inning.

"Hitting a guy to get the game-winning run in, that's unacceptable", Watson said.

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Dickerson had a minor decline in production against lefties at home in 2017, slashing.279/.308/.393 across 65 such plate appearances (his total season line was.282/.325/.490).

Despite the ominous start, the Giants forced their way back into the game in the top of the second when Longoria slammed the first pitch of the inning over the left field wall. Neither Hernandez or Hanson hit a home run during their tenures with Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh's decision to trade him to the Giants on January 15 for reliever Kyle Crick and outfield prospect Bryan Reynolds received a lot of backlash from fans, but it seemed to be aimed toward the team, which was seen as not willing to make enough of a financial investment, not toward McCutchen. "I was like, 'Holy crap, that was Andrew McCutchen.' I had that star-struck moment first time seeing him". The over has cashed in seven of those games, compared to 12 that've hit the under against righties. The left-hander had allowed at least three earned runs in each of his past five starts, but kept Pirates hitters off balance with a fastball that bumped up to 93 miles per hour and a slider that helped him rack up five swinging strikes. The over has hit in five of those games, as opposed to zero that've gone under. The San Francisco pitching features a 4.13 team ERA, positioning them 14th in the Major Leagues.

The Giants have hit seven home runs in their last 10 games.

Watson spent seven years with the Pirates and was a reliable relief pitcher.


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