Game two of the Pirates series in San Francisco did not live up to the hype of the pitching match up going into the game. Madison Bumgarner pitched well, but only registered a five inning outing, and Jameson Taillon put together the worst start of his young MLB career. The Giants got on the board first when Josh Bell fielded a ground ball to first base and could not get a grip on the baseball, throwing it away at second base with two runners on and nobody out. The Giants would add another in the inning after a fly ball to center field moved Brandon Crawford to third, allowing Gorkys Hernandez to drive him in with a ground out. The third inning for Taillon was another trouble inning for him, that resulted in some runs being driven in with extra base hits that took advantage of Jose Osuna‘s lack of speed in right field. Buster Posey‘s RBI double dropped just out of the reach of Osuna, after he made a run at the ball but could not get to it. Another high fly cleared the bases three batters later when Joe Panik drove a ball to the warning track for a bases clearing triple. With more plays like that to follow in the fourth inning, Taillon ended up getting charged with 10 runs allowed and nine earned in just three plus innings pitched.
On the offensive side for the Pirates, it was another rough showing for Andrew McCutchen against Madison Bumgarner. This resulted in the Pirates only scoring one run against him in his five innings of work. The Pirates got on the board with two outs in the top of the fifth inning, when David Freese hit a line drive into right field to drive in Adam Frazier from second base. The Pirates did not score again until the top of the 8th inning, when Adam Frazier hit a sacrifice fly to center field with the bases loaded and one out, scoring Josh Bell on the play. Starling Marte would drive in a second run in the inning, with a single to center field, as he registered his only hit of the ball game in his fifth plate appearance.
Stephen Brault entered the game in relief, after A.J. Schugel finished out the fourth inning to finalize the line on Taillon. Brault would pitch three scoreless innings, but would run into some trouble of his own throughout the long relief outing. Overall it was a rough night for the Pirates pitching staff, that resulted in the Giants returning the favor with a blowout victory of their own to follow up Monday night’s big win for the Pirates. The win improved the Giants to 39-63 on the season, while the Pirates dropped to 50-51 to fall 3.5 games off the pace in the National League Central. Tune in tomorrow afternoon at 3:45 Eastern Time, as Trevor Williams takes the mound to take on Jeff Samardzija and the Giants in the rubber game of this three-game series.