WPIAL Baseball & Softball Playoffs: May 23, 2018


Tuesday’s Scores
[4A] South Fayette 1, Hopewell 0
[3A] Avonworth 13, South Side Beaver 2
[3A] Brownsville 6, Riverside 5
[2A] CW North Catholic 9, Neshannock 2
[1A] Union 6, Greensburg Central Catholic 1
[1A] Vincentian 6, Jeannette 0
[6A] Central Catholic 6, Butler 0
[6A] Canon-McMillan 2, Plum 1
[6A] North Allegheny 3, Bethel Park 1
[6A] Hempfield 9, Pine-Richland 1
[5A] Mars 6, Laurel Highlands 2
[5A] North Hills 7, Franklin Regional 1

[4A] Ringgold vs. Greensburg-Salem (at Washington & Jefferson)

[6A] Canon-McMillan vs. Central Catholic (at Boyce-Mayview Park, Upper St. Clair)

[2A] Shenango vs. Serra Catholic (at Washington & Jefferson)

[5A] Hampton vs. Moon (at North Allegheny)

[5A] West Allegheny vs. Chartiers Valley (at Washington & Jefferson)
[6A] North Allegheny vs. Hempfield (at Boyce-Mayview Park, Upper St. Clair)


[1A] Leechburg vs. Monessen (at Peterswood Park, Peters Twp.)
[3A] Southmoreland vs. Freeport (at West Mifflin)
[4A] Yough vs. Elizabeth Forward (at Seton Hill University)
[6A] Latrobe vs. Baldwin (at Boyce-Mayview Park, Upper St. Clair)

[1A] Union vs. West Greene (at Peterswood Park, Peters Twp.)
[2A] Chartiers-Houston vs. Laurel (at West Allegheny)
[3A] Avonworth vs. South Park (at West Mifflin)
[4A] Belle Vernon vs. Mount Pleasant (at Baldwin)
[5A] Thomas Jefferson vs. Albert Gallatin (at Boyce-Mayview Park, Upper St. Clair)
[6A] Norwin vs. Hempfield (at Seton Hill University)

[2A] Mohawk vs. Frazier (at West Allegheny)
[5A] West Allegheny vs. Connellsville (at Baldwin)

WPIAL Playoff Baseball & Softball: May 22, 2018


Monday’s Scores

[4A] Hopewell 8, Knoch 6
[4A] Greensburg-Salem 1, Blackhawk 0
[3A] South Side Beaver 4, Burrell 3
[3A] Riverside 3, Steel Valley 1
[1A] Jeannette 5, Quigley Catholic 3
[1A] Vincentian 7, Cornell 0
[4A] Ringgold 5, New Castle 4
[4A] South Fayette 14, West Mifflin 4
[3A] Avonworth 8, Shady Side Academy 6
[3A] Brownsville 6, Steel Valley 1
[2A] CW North Catholic 8, Carlynton 4
[2A] Serra Catholic 5, Laurel 0
[2A] Neshannock 6, Brentwood 2
[2A] Shenango 15, Carmichaels 7
[1A] Greensburg Central Catholic 9, Eden Christian 7
[1A] Union 7, Monessen 6

[4A] Hopewell vs. South Fayette (at Burkett Complex)
[3A] South Side Beaver vs. Avonworth (at Washington & Jefferson)
[1A] Union vs. Greensburg Central Catholic (at Fox Chapel)
[5A] Mars vs. Laurel Highlands (at West Mifflin)
[6A] Butler vs. Central Catholic (at Boyce-Mayview Park, Upper St. Clair)

[5A] Franklin Regional at North Hills
[6A] Plum vs. Canon-McMillan (at North Allegheny)

[3A] Riverside vs. Brownsville (at Washington & Jefferson)
[2A] CW North Catholic vs. Neshannock (at Burkett Complex, Robinson Twp.)
[1A] Jeannette vs. Vincentian (at Fox Chapel)

[5A] Hampton vs. Moon (at North Allegheny)
[5A] West Allegheny vs. Chartiers Valley (at USC)
[4A] Ringgold vs. Greensburg-Salem (at Burkett Complex, Robinson Twp.)
[2A] Shenango vs. Serra Catholic (at Washington & Jefferson)


Monday’s Scores

[4A] Elizabeth Forward 4, Beaver 1
[4A] Belle Vernon 3, Ambridge 0
[3A] South Park 17, Ellwood City 9
[5A] West Allegheny 4, Trinity 3
[1A] Leechburg 8, Sewickley Academy 4
[6A] Baldwin 4, Mt. Lebanon 1
[6A] Norwin 2, North Allegheny 1
[6A] Latrobe 10, Peters Twp. 0
[6A] Hempfield 3, Canon-McMillan 2
[5A] Albert Gallatin 6, Kiski Area 5
[5A] Thomas Jefferson 7, Penn-Trafford 4
[5A] Connellsville 4, Franklin Regional 0
[4A] Yough 3, Indiana 0
[4A] Mt. Pleasant 10, Knoch 0
[3A] Southmoreland 6, Steel Valley 5
[3A] Avonworth 3, Burrell 0
[3A] Freeport 10, Waynesburg Central 4
[2A] Chartiers-Houston 7, Serra Catholic 1
[2A] Frazier 9, Neshannock 5
[2A] Mohawk 9, CW North Catholic 6
[2A] Laurel 5, Seton-LaSalle 3
[1A] Monessen 8, Riverview 0
[1A] West Greene 14, St. Joseph 0
[1A] Union 10, Bishop Canevin 0

Pirates beat Padres 5-4 for 8th win in 9 games!!!

Polanco, Pirates beat Padres 5-4 for 8th win in 9 games
By JOHN PERROTTO, Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates weren’t expected to contend in the strong NL Central this season, especially after trading stars Andrew McCutchen and Gerrit Cole in January.
Yet the Pirates are on top of a division in which four of the five teams are at least four games over .500.
Gregory Polanco led off the seventh inning with a double and scored the go-ahead run on an error, leading the Pirates over the San Diego Padres 5-4 Thursday night for their eighth win in nine games.
Polanco took third on Francisco Cervelli’s deep flyball, then came home when rookie third baseman Christian Villanueva misplayed Corey Dickerson’s two-out grounder.
Pittsburgh (26-17) moved nine games over .500.
“You really can’t predict baseball,” Dickerson said. “Every year you have teams that have good seasons when they aren’t expected to, players who no one knows about who end up having big years. You just never know in this game. We’re playing very well, and we feel like we have a very good team.”
Pittsburgh’s Josh Bell and Sean Rodriguez each had two hits.
Eric Hosmer drove in three runs for San Diego. Freddy Galvis had two hits before being ejected by home plate umpire Will Little after taking a called third strike from Michael Feliz to end the eighth inning.
Rookie Edgar Santana (2-0) retired the only batter he faced, getting Jose Pirela to ground out to end the seventh with a runner on second. He was credited with another win a day after notching his first major league victory against the Chicago White Sox.
“It’s fun to get a chance to pitch in those situations,” Santana said. “The hitters are up looking for RBIs and you know they are going to try a little extra hard to drive in the run. I try to use that to my advantage and stay calm.”
Felipe Vazquez worked a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his ninth save in as many opportunities.
Matt Strahm (0-1) took the loss.
“He did everything he had to do to get the groundball to get out of that inning,” San Diego manager Andy Green. “We didn’t make the play for him there.”
Both starters were chased in the fifth inning as Padres rookie left-hander Eric Lauer and Chad Kuhl allowed four runs and six hits each.
“I had some trouble pitching out of the stretch and that hurt me,” Kuhl said.
The Pirates tied the score at 4 on Bell’s RBI single in the fifth. Hosmer hit a two-run double in the top of the inning.
The Padres opened the scoring with a two-run third as Travis Jankowski hit an RBI single and Hosmer drove into a run with a grounder.
The Pirates answered with three runs in the fourth. Dickerson doubled in a run, David Freese hit a sacrifice fly and Rodriguez capped the inning with an RBI double.
“Things were going smooth then all of a sudden I wouldn’t say I lost it, but I started making worse pitches,” Lauer said. “Just missing spots by a little bit.”
The Pirates plan to recall top outfield prospect Austin Meadows from Triple-A Indianapolis in time for Friday night’s game. The announcement came while center fielder Starling Marte missed his second straight game with a strained right oblique.
Meadows, 23, is hitting .281 with one home run, 15 RBIs and eight stolen bases in 31 games. The Pirates selected him in the first round of the 2013 amateur draft with the ninth overall pick from Grayson High School in Loganville, Georgia.
Pirates: While Marte was out of the lineup, Cervelli (bruised right forearm) returned after sitting out Wednesday and the catcher went 0 for 2 with two walks. … RHP Joe Musgrove (strained right shoulder) is scheduled to make his last rehab start for Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday. … 2B Josh Harrison (broken left hand) is 1 for 8 in his first two rehab games with Double-A Altoona.
Padres: OF Hunter Renfroe (right elbow inflammation) began a rehab assignment Thursday with Triple-A El Paso. He has been out since April 18. … LHP Joey Lucchesi (strained right hip) played catch and the Padres are hopeful he will miss only one start. . C Austin Hedges (right elbow tendinitis) has been serving as a designated hitter in extended spring training games but not been cleared to throw.
Padres: RHP Tyson Ross (2-3, 3.40 ERA) is 0-2 in his last five starts despite a 3.34 ERA.
Pirates: RHP Ivan Nova (2-5, 5.01) is 0-2 with a 10.22 ERA in his past three starts, pitching a combined 12 1/3 innings.

WPIAL Baseball & Softball Playoffs: May 17, 2018


Wednesday’s Scores
[1A] Cornell 5, West Greene 0
[2A] Shenango 2, Bishop Canevin 1
[3A] Burrell 12, Mount Pleasant 5
[3A] Shady Side Academy 6, Waynesburg Central 5
[6A] North Allegheny 6, Penn-Trafford 0


Wednesday’s Scores
[1A] Riverview 21, Quigley Catholic 0
[5A] Thomas Jefferson 3, Moon 2
[2A] Mohawk 15, Apollo-Ridge 0
[2A] Seton-LaSalle 11, Beth-Center 1
[2A] Serra Catholic 5, Shenango 2
[2A] Neshannock 16, Shady Side Academy 0
[2A] Chartiers-Houston 15, Northgate 0
[5A] Kiski Area 8, Mars 3
[5A] Connellsville 7, Hampton 4
[5A] Trinity 12, Gateway 2

Bell’s single lifts 1st Place Pirates over White Sox 3-2 !!!!

Bell’s single lifts Pirates over reeling White Sox 3-2
By JOHN PERROTTO, Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pinch-hitter Josh Bell singled to break a seventh-inning tie, and the streaking Pittsburgh Pirates beat the skidding Chicago White Sox 3-2 Wednesday.
Pittsburgh has won seven of eight and improved to 10-2 in interleague play this season.
Chicago has lost eight of nine and 13 of 15. A major league-worst 10-29, the White Sox have matched their worst start since 1948.
Pittsburgh has won eight straight over Chicago, outscoring the White Sox 45-17. The Pirates also swept a two-game series last week against them in Chicago.
With the score tied 2-2, Elias Diaz doubled off Joakim Soria (0-2) leading off the seventh and Jordy Mercer walked with one out. Bell, rested from the starting lineup in a day game after a night game, grounded a single into left.
Rookie Edgar Santana (1-0) allowed one hit in 1 1/3 scoreless innings for his first major league win. Felipe Vazquez allowed Welington Castillo’s two-out single in the ninth, then got Jose Abreu to hit into a game-ending forceout. Vazquez remained perfect in eight save opportunities.
Chicago lost despite outhitting the Pirates 8-4.
Leury Garcia homered in the second and Yolmer Sanchez in the fifth.
Pittsburgh’s Sean Rodriguez hit a two-run double in the second.
Pirates starter Jameson Taillon went 5 2/3 innings and showed no ill effects from a cut right index finger that forced him from Friday’s start against San Francisco after three innings.
Hector Santiago pitched five innings for Chicago in place of Carson Fulmer, who was pushed back to Saturday against Texas to allow extra work with pitching coach Don Cooper.
White Sox SS Tim Anderson was not in the lineup after starting each of the first 37 games. He pinch hit in the ninth and flied out. Sanchez, the regular third baseman, played shortstop and Matt Davidson, normally the designated hitter, started at third.
Sanchez made a sliding over-the-shoulder catch in short left field to take away a hit from David Freese in the seventh inning.
Pirates: C Francisco Cervelli (bruised right forearm) and CF Starling Marte (strained right oblique) were out of the lineup after leaving Tuesday night’s 7-0 win. Both are lday to day. … RHP Joe Musgrove (strained right shoulder) is expected to make his last rehab start Thursday for Triple-A Indianapolis then make his Pirates’ debut Tuesday at Cincinnati. He was acquired from Houston in the offseason.
White Sox: RHP James Shields (1-4, 5.44 ERA) starts Thursday’s opener of a four-game series against visiting Texas and LHP Cole Hamels (2-4, 3.48). Shields is winless in eight starts since beating the Royals at Kansas City on opening day.
Pirates: RHP Chad Kuhl (4-2, 4.17) will be on the mound Thursday for the start of a four-game series at San Diego. LHP Eric Lauer (1-2, 8.27) starts for the Padres. Kuhl is 3-1 in his last five starts.
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WPIAL Playoff Baseball & Softball: May 16, 2018


Tuesday’s Scores
[4A] Hopewell 3, Belle Vernon 1
[3A] Valley 7, Beaver Falls 5
[1A] Monessen 2, Western Beaver 0
[1A] Eden Christian 12, Rochester 4
[1A] Jeannette 2, Leechburg 0
[2A] Carlynton 14, California 8
[2A] Laurel 7, Fort Cherry 5
[2A] Brentwood 8, Chartiers-Houston 2
[3A] Steel Valley 15, Charleroi 0
[4A] New Castle 8. Freeport 3
[4A] West Mifflin 1, Deer Lakes 0
[4A] Greensburg-Salem 8, South Park 2
[5A] Laurel Highlands 6, Fox Chapel 5
[5A] Mars 2, Trinity 1
[5A] Chartiers Valley 12, Latrobe 2
[5A] Franklin Regional 11, Montour 2
[5A] Hampton 4, Gateway 2
[6A] Plum 3, Mt. Lebanon 1
[6A] Pine-Richland 5, Peters Twp. 1
[6A] Canon-McMillan 2, Norwin 0
[6A] Butler 4, Upper St. Clair 1

[1A] Cornell vs. West Greene (at Peters Twp.)
[2A] Shenango vs. Bishop Canevin (at Chippewa Park)

[3A] Burrell vs. Mount Pleasant (at Latrobe)

[3A] Waynesburg Central vs. Shady Side Academy (at Peters Twp.)

[6A] Penn-Trafford vs. North Allegheny (at Latrobe)


Tuesday’s Scores
[4A] Knoch 12, Blackhawk 0
[4A] Ambridge 6, Derry 2
[4A] Beaver 6, Highlands 1
[3A] Ellwood City 4, South Allegheny 1
[3A] Waynesburg Central 7, Freedom 3
[3A] Steel Valley 9, Deer Lakes 6
[3A] Burrell 10, McGuffey 4
[4A] Elizabeth Forward 15, New Castle 0
[4A] Belle Vernon 12, Uniontown 0
[4A] Indiana 13, West Mifflin 11
[6A] Peters Twp. 16, Seneca Valley 13
[6A] Norwin 8, North Hills 2
[6A] North Allegheny 6, Bethel Park 5
[6A] Mt. Lebanon 6, Pine-Richland 2
[6A] Canon-McMillan 15, Fox Chapel 12

[2A] Serra Catholic vs. Shenango (at Hampton Community Park)
[2A] Mohawk vs. Apollo-Ridge (at Hampton Community Park)

[1A] Quigley Catholic vs. Riverview (at Plum)
[2A] Beth-Center vs. Seton-LaSalle (at Baldwin

[2A] Shady Side Academy vs. Neshannock (at Hampton Community Park)
[2A] Northgate vs. Chartiers-Houston (at West Allegheny)
[5A] Mars vs. Kiski Area (at Hampton Community Park)

[5A] Hampton vs. Connellsville (at Plum)
[5A] Gateway vs. Trinity (at Baldwin)

[5A] Moon vs. Thomas Jefferson (at West Allegheny)

Williams Dominates the White Sox!!! Bucs win 7-0 and back in First Place in the Central!!!

By ALAN SAUNDERS, Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Trevor Williams had a better outing against the struggling Chicago White Sox this time while facing them for the second straight start.
Williams scattered six hits and struck out six without a walk in seven innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the White Sox 7-0 Tuesday night.
Four days earlier, he gave up four runs and seven hits — including two home runs — in five innings before the Pirates rallied for a 6-5 win in Chicago. Williams said he didn’t make any drastic changes to his approach, and credited the pitcher-friendly PNC Park as an aid.
“I thought we did our homework well last time,” he said. “I thought it was just two pitches that left the yard. If we were playing at their yard today, some would have left the yard, as well.”
Chicago has lost eight of nine and 12 of 14, dropping to a major league-worst 10-28. The White Sox have matched the poorest 38-game start in team history.
Williams (5-2) was also helped by a Pirates offense that continued to roll. Pittsburgh scored four runs in the first inning and chased Chicago starter Reynaldo Lopez in the third.
Staked with an advantage, Williams pitched through the seventh inning for the first time this season.
“It was a really strong effort and a really good back-on-track outing for him,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said.
Kyle Crick and Richard Rodriguez completed the seven-hitter for Pittsburgh’s major league league-best seventh shutout.
The tables turned from the previous game on the other side of the ball, as well. The Pirates jumped all over Lopez (0-3) after he had held them to two runs in 7 1/3 innings the last time out.
Pittsburgh built its 4-0 first-inning lead on Adam Frazier’s homer, Josh Bell’s two-run double and Colin Moran’s RBI double. Sean Rodriguez and Bell also had run-scoring hits in the second.
“Last time through, he was throwing a lot of off-speed early,” Bell said of Lopez. “I feel like, for the most part, we were anticipating slower, earlier and it kind of just worked out for us.”
Bell went 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs. Gregory Polanco, who also had two hits, added an RBI double in the sixth.
Lopez allowed six runs and seven hits while walking two and hitting one in his shortest outing of the year.
“I think he didn’t really feel comfortable in the beginning,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “Today was one of those days where he wasn’t able to rebound and refocus and get back into a particular zone.”
The Pirates are now 9-2 in interleague play, including 3-0 against Chicago, while the White Sox are 1-7.
White Sox: 2B Yoan Moncada (left hamstring tightness) was activated from the disabled list and went 1 for 4. He had been out since May 4.
Pirates: CF Starling Marte left the game at the end of the first inning with discomfort in his right side. Marte doubled and scored in the bottom of the first. He was replaced by Rodriguez. … C Francisco Cervelli left the game at the end of the third inning with right forearm discomfort. He was hit by a 93 mph fastball in the bottom of the inning by Lopez. Cervelli was replaced by Elias Diaz.
White Sox: LHP Hector Santiago (0-1, 5.60 ERA) will make a spot start on Wednesday in the series finale. Santiago has made two starts this season. He’ll be replacing RHP Carson Fulmer, whose scheduled start was pushed back to Saturday.
Pirates: RHP Jameson Taillon (2-3, 4.08 ERA) is expected to start on Wednesday. He left his previous start on May 11 after just three innings with a laceration on the middle finger of his right hand.
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WPIAL Baseball & Softball Playoffs: May 15, 2018


Monday’s Scores
[2A] CW North Catholic 15, OLSH 0
[1A] Sewickley Academy 13, Mapletown 12
[1A] St. Joseph 13, Western Beaver 0
[1A] Bishop Canevin 7, Carmichaels 6
[2A] Laurel 8, Bentworth 1
[2A] Frazier 16, Brentwood 0

[4A] Knoch vs. Blackhawk at Hampton Community Park
[3A] Ellwood City vs. South Allegheny at Hampton Community Park
[6A] Fox Chapel vs. Canon-McMillan at Peterswood Park (Peters Twp.)
[6A] North Hills vs. Norwin at Plum

[3A] Freedom vs. Waynesburg Central at Baldwin

[6A] Mt. Lebanon vs. Pine-Richland at Hampton Community Park
[6A] Bethel Park vs. North Allegheny at Peterswood Park (Peters Twp.)
[4A] New Castle vs. Elizabeth Forward at West Allegheny
[4A] West Mifflin vs. Indiana at Plum
[3A] Deer Lakes vs. Steel Valley at Hampton Community Park

[4A] Beaver vs. Highlands at Baldwin
[3A] McGuffey vs. Burrell at Latrobe

[6A] Seneca Valley vs. Peters Twp. at West Allegheny

[4A] Ambridge vs. Derry at Baldwin
[4A] Belle Vernon vs. Uniontown at Latrobe


[1A] Western Beaver vs. Monessen at Burkett Complex (Robinson Twp.)
[1A] Rochester vs. Eden Christian at Matulevic Field (Shaler)
[1A] Leechburg vs. Jeannette at Fox Chapel
[2A] Laurel vs. Fort Cherry at Chippewa Park
[3A] Steel Valley vs. Charleroi at Boyce-Mayview Park (Upper St. Clair)
[5A] Mars vs. Trinity at Seneca Valley
[5A] Montour vs. Franklin Regional at West Mifflin
[5A] Laurel Highlands vs. Fox Chapel at Hempfield

[4A] South Park vs. Greensburg-Salem at Gateway
[6A] Plum vs. Mt. Lebanon at North Allegheny

[3A] Beaver Falls vs. Valley at Matulevic Field (Shaler)
[4A] Hopewell vs. Belle Vernon at Hempfield
[2A] Bishop Canevin vs. Shenango at Chippewa Park
[2A] Chartiers-Houston vs. Brentwood at Burkett Complex (Robinson Twp.)
[4A] New Castle vs. Freeport at Seneca Valley
[5A] Hampton vs. Gateway at Fox Chapel
[5A] Latrobe vs. Chartiers Valley at West Mifflin
[6A] Norwin vs. Canon-McMillan at Boyce-Mayview Park (Upper St. Clair)

[4A] West Mifflin vs. Deer Lakes at Gateway

[2A] Carlynton vs. California at Burkett Complex (Robinson Twp.)
[6A] Butler vs. Upper St. Clair at North Allegheny
[6A] Pine-Richland vs. Peters Twp. at Boyce-Mayview Park (Upper St. Clair)

Pro Sports Scores & Schedule: May 14, 2018


Sunday’s Scores
San Francisco 5, Pittsburgh 0
Cleveland 11, Kansas City 2
Detroit 5, Seattle 4
Baltimore 17, Tampa Bay 1
Philadelphia 4, NY Mets 2
NY Yankees 6, Oakland 2
Atlanta 4, Miami 3
Houston 6, Texas 1
Boston 5, Toronto 3
Milwaukee 7, Colorado 3
Chi. White Sox 5, Chi. Cubs 3
Cincinnati 5, LA Dodgers 3
LA Angels 2, Minnesota 1
San Diego 5, St. Louis 3
Washington 6, Arizona 4

Atlanta at Chi. Cubs

Tampa Bay at Kansas City

Cleveland at Detroit
Seattle at Minnesota
Oakland at Boston

Milwaukee at Arizona

Houston at LA Angels

Colorado at San Diego

Cincinnati at San Francisco


Sunday’s Scores
Washington 6, Tampa Bay 2
[Capitals lead series 2-0]

Vegas at Winnipeg
[Jets lead series 1-0]


Sunday’s Scores
Boston 108, Cleveland 83
[Celtics lead series 1-0]

Golden State at Houston
[Game 1]

Giants beat Pirates 5-0!!! Bucs take two out of three to win another series!!!

Hernandez, Hundley help Giants beat Pirates 5-0, stop slide
By ALAN SAUNDERS, Associated Press
PITTSBURGH (AP) — San Francisco turned some of those fly-ball outs into home runs.
Gorkys Hernandez homered off Ivan Nova to spark a five-run sixth inning, Nick Hundley added a three-run drive and the Giants beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0 Sunday to stop a season-high six game-losing streak.
“We hit probably nine, 10 balls right on the screws that their outfielders made plays on,” Hundley said. “So, it was nice to get a couple over the wall then open up the game a little bit.”
San Francisco averaged 8.25 runs per game while winning four straight from May 2-6 but averaged just two runs per game in the first five games of its losing streak. With back-to-back five-run bursts, manager Bruce Bochy hopes the offense may have reignited,
“I think we had some really good at bats and finally broke through,” Bochy said. “Last couple days, they’ve been a lot better.”
Derek Holland (2-4) allowed four hits and five walks in 6 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts, repeatedly pitching out of trouble. Pittsburgh went 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position, including 0 for 8 against Holland, who allowed runners to reach second in four innings.
“I’m still a little upset with this one even though I got to go 6 1/3,” Holland said. “The five walks, that’s the killer. I did a good job, though, of keeping them from scoring.”
Reyes Moronto, Will Smith and Hunter Strickland completed a seven-hitter, the fourth shutout for the Giants this season. The Pirates were blanked for the third time this year.
Andrew McCutchen was 1 for 4 with a walk and went 4 for 14 (.286) with three doubles in his first series at Pittsburgh since the Pirates traded the five-time All-Star to the Giants during the offseason. He extended his hitting streak to 12 games, and he is 16 for 43 (.372) in that stretch.
Nova (2-3) gave up four runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings and is 0-2 in five starts since beating Miami on April 15.
Brandon Belt and Pablo Sandoval singled following Hernandez’s homer, and Hundley homered on the first pitch from Richard Rodriguez.
Nova He blamed himself for not being able to field Pablo Sandoval’s sixth-inning grounder.
“If I make that play, it’s three outs,” he said “I didn’t make it. I paid for it.”
Giants: LHP Madison Bumgarner (broken left hand) is expected to throw off a mound on Monday. If his rehab goes well, could be ready when he is eligible to be reinstated from the 60-day disabled list on May 25. … INF Alen Hanson was held out with a strained left hamstring.
Pirates: RHP Joe Musgrove (right shoulder strain) will have one more rehab start after throwing 5 2/3 innings on Saturday. … 2B Josh Harrison (broken left hand) has taken batting practice and is ready for a rehab stint. He is expected to return to big league action in about two weeks. … RHP Jameson Taillon (right finger laceration) is unsure whether he can make his scheduled start Wednesday. Taillon left his outing on Friday after three innings.
Giants: RHP Chris Stratton (3-3, 4.60) is to start Monday at home against Cincinnati. The Giants have been outscored 35-9 in his losses.
Pirates: RHP Trevor Williams (4-2, 3.13 ERA) is slated to pitch Tuesday’s opener of a two-game series against the visiting Chicago White Sox. The Pirates are 8-2 in Interleague play.
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