Pittsburgh Pirates series review vs San Francisco Giants

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Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Game Four: Francisco Liriano (8-6, 3.35ERA) vs. Ryan Vogelsong (9-8, 3.93ERA)

Result: Pirates win 5-2

Winning Pitcher: Francisco Liriano (9-6, 3.23ERA)

Losing Pitcher: Ryan Vogelsong (9-9, 4.05ERA)

Save: Mark Melancon (39, 1.53ERA)

  • What went right:
    • His name is Andrew McCutchen. Cutch went 2-4 with a home run, one RBI, two runs scored and a walk.
    • Francisco Liriano battled through control issues, an inconsistent strike zone to throw 5.1 innings, allowed two runs on seven hits and struck out five.
    • The Shark Tank pitched to the formula as Arquimedes Caminero, Joakim Soria, Tony Watson and Mark Melancon completely shut down the Giants’ offense and sealed the win for the Pirates.
    • Pedro Alvarez hit an opposite field home run in the seventh inning.
  • What went wrong:
    • Pedro Alvarez committed three errors at first base, which allowed the Giants to sneak back into the game.
    • Matt Duffy had a big game, going 3-5 with a run scored.
    • Neil Walker and Jung Ho Kang both grounded into double plays.
    • Francisco Cervelli allowed a pass ball.

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