Pittsburgh 3, San Francisco 1

Boxscore | Recap
Saturday, July 7, 2012 4:05 PM
Location - PNC Park
Temperature - 97°
Umpires - Home Plate - Tim Welke, First Base - Alan Porter, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Paul Schrieber,
Attendance - 37543

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
San Francisco 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 0
Pittsburgh 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 3 8 1

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
San Francisco 46-39 26-16 20-23 L1
Pittsburgh 47-37 28-14 19-23 W1

Recap


Pirates 3, Giants 1: James McDonald struck out 10 over seven sensational innings and Mike McHenry homered as Pittsburgh evened its weekend series with visiting San Francisco at a win apiece.

McDonald (9-3) was masterful in his final start before the All-Star break, limiting the Giants to a run on four hits without walking a batter en route to his fourth straight victory. He improved to 5-1 with a 1.69 ERA in 10 home starts, and has allowed two runs or fewer in four of his last five outings.

Jason Grilli struck out the side in the eighth inning to set the table for Joel Hanrahan, who worked around a leadoff single to record his 23rd save.

Pittsburgh gave McDonald all the offense he would need with single runs in the third and fourth innings. Neil Walker put the Pirates on the board with a double to the center-field wall that scored McDonald from first base, and McHenry doubled the lead with a solo blast to left field off Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong (7-4).

The Giants finally solved McDonald in the sixth, plating their lone run on a two-out RBI single from Ryan Theriot. Pittsburgh responded in the bottom half as Pedro Alvarez smacked a double to left that scored Andrew McCutchen, who reached on a leadoff single.

Vogelsong was charged with three runs on eight hits over seven innings while walking one and striking out five. It marked his 15th quality start in 16 outings this season.

GAME NOTEBOOK: The game was delayed nearly a half-hour by rain in the bottom of the third inning. ... McHenry has four home runs and 12 RBIs in his last nine games. ... McDonald recorded his first double-digit strikeout performance since whiffing 11 in a 3-2 triumph against Washington on May 17.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
San Francisco   Pittsburgh
Ryan Vogelsong Player James McDonald
Loss W/L Win
7.0 IP 7.0
5 Strikeouts 10
8 Hits 4
3.86 ERA 1.29
Hitting
San Francisco   Pittsburgh
Gregor Blanco Player Michael McKenry
2 Hits 2
0 RBI 1
0 HR 1
2 TB 6
.500 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
San Francisco 5 0 5 .167 6 13 1 0 0 0
Pittsburgh 8 1 16 .258 12 5 3 1 0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Pittsburgh will play their next game at home against San Francisco. The Pirates have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .632 after a loss.
  • San Francisco will play their next game on the road against Pittsburgh. The Giants have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .590 after a loss.