Pittsburgh Pirates 4, San Francisco Giants 1: Welcome back, 2011 Giants offense

BOX SCORE

Well, we all knew the eight consecutive games of scoring 4+ runs was going to end.

We were hoping it might come against Roy Halladay or Cliff Lee. But Kevin Correia?

The Giants were held to one run on five hits by the Pirates in the series finale.

It wasted a solid outing by Ryan Vogelsong in his season-debut, giving up two runs on four hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out seven.

After failing to record a quality start in three games in Arizona, Giants pitchers have posted quality starts in five of their next six games.

  • Barry Zito 9 IP, 0 ER in Colorado
  • Madison Bumgarner 7 1/3 IP, 1 ER in Colorado
  • Matt Cain 9 IP, 0 ER (1 hitter) vs. Pirates
  • Barry Zito 7 IP, 2 ER vs. Pirates
  • Ryan Vogelsong 6 1/3 IP, 2 ER vs. Pirates.

That’s more like it.

But the offense fell back to old habits on Sunday, including failing to get a runner home from third with no out in the eighth. But there were silver linings.

  • They only had five hits, but three were extra-bases hits, including the second straight stand-up triple from Angel Pagan, who is start to swing the bat better.
  • They made contact. They only struck out three times, and once was by Vogelsong. (The other two were from Buster Posey. What?!?)
  • Brandon Belt got a start and went 1 for 3 with walk, stolen base and double. More importantly, he did not strike out. Unfortunately, he’ll undoubtedly return to the bench Monday against Halladay.

UP NEXT

It’s Happy Lincecum Day, or at least we hope it is. Lincecum needs to fall in line with the rest of the rotation and give us a quality start. Starting at home should help things, but will it be enough to beat Halladay at 7:05 p.m. Monday? We’ll see.

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